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22. Jun 2015

Andy and Micha

Good results in Luxembourg and Heilbronn

Successful test races for the Raelert-Brothers – Andreas Raelert ranks fourth at the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg – Michael Raelert wins silver at the Challenge Heilbronn

Rostock. Even if they could not realize a victory, the Raelert-Brothers achieved good results during a thrilling race weekend. While Andreas Raelert finished in fourth place at the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg on Saturday, Michael Raelert won the silver medal at the Challenge Heilbronn on Sunday. "These were not the perfect races we had hoped for," said the two brothers after their competitions, "honestly, we wanted to celebrate a victory." But for Andreas and Michael Raelert these two races were competitions on a way to some major events – they took part in Luxembourg and Heilbronn out of full training.

At the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg, Andreas Raelert came out of the water after a 1.9 kilometer swim in sixth place. In 21:56 minutes he was in a striking distance to the top swimmers, being only a little behind the fast Belgian Pieter Heemeryck (21:29 minutes) and Swiss Manuel Kueng. When Andreas Raelert started the bike, he was already in third place. But on the partly hilly and windy course he felt the high amount of training during the past days coming up soon. "The basic tempo was okay, but the explosiveness was missing," said Andreas Raelert. He finished the 90-kilometer course in 2:13:32 hours. "Manuel had an excellent ride," said Andreas Raelert regarding the bike performance of Manuel Kueng. The Swiss had opened up a gap of almost five minutes on the bike. On the final half-marathon course Kueng then ran home his victory in 3:49:35 hours. After about half-way of the run, Andreas Raelert was in second place and he had already downsized the gap to the leader significantly. But then a mild cramp approached. "I stopped and stretched a bit to loosen up the muscles." Thereby Andreas Raelert lost the contact to the podium. In 1:14:24 hours he clocked a good half marathon to finishing the race in 3:52:32 hours a few seconds away from the podium.

At the Challenge Heilbronn, Michael Raelert was one of the pacemakers from the get-go. In 22:30 minutes he led the strong pro field out of the water after 1.9 kilometers just a second ahead of German Andreas Boecherer. It was Boecherer who set the pace on the bike, especially on the last third of the demanding course. Michael Raelert was 3:10 minutes behind, when he finished the 90-kilometer bike course in 2:17:49 hours. He wanted to start a furious run, but the training of the past weeks was a limiting factor. "Today, this was not the half marathon I had planned to run," said Michael Raelert. He ran the 21.1 kilometers in 1:14:29 hours. "It was not the run you need if you want to run home a race like this." In 3:59:06 hours he was runner-up behind Andreas Boecherer (3:56:06 hours), finishing ahead of the defending champion Andreas Dreitz (4:00:47) and Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle (4:01:19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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