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4. Dec 2014

Challenge Bahrain

Great final for Michael Raelert

First edition of the prestigious middle-distance event – Outstanding professional field fights for the title – “This is going to be a really tough and fast one”

Bahrain. Michael Raelert will start at the Challenge Bahrain on Saturday. The first edition of the prestigious middle-distance event in Bahrain will be the final race of this year’s season for the 32-year old from Rostock. After four consecutive Ironman 70.3 wins in Germany, in the U.S. and in Australia, Michael Raelert is really looking forward to the competition next weekend. “It’s Santa Claus’ day, but there will be no gifts handed over to me,” says Michael Raelert, “the field is full of top athletes – I’m sure I can’t expect any gifts. If I want to earn some, I will have to work really hard for that.”

In the past weeks, Michael Raelert has been able to point out some good results. Especially after his two victories in Australia he feels self confident for the event on Saturday. "Both races in Australia worked out nicely, just the way I had hoped for," says Michael Raelert, "I am very happy with the past three months, everything improved step by step. But you also have to keep in mind that I had a race break of more than a year – I’m still on the way back.” Thinking about the race on Saturday, he says: “If everything fits and I can improve a little more compared to the last three races, anything is possible. Even the victory. I really want to fight for the title, but I'm not the only one who wants to take the win. It’s gonna be a tough fight on a fast course." Michael Raelert has prepared for this competition with a short training camp on Fuerteventura. Besides this, he has been a team coach together with his brother Andreas at the "Schlag-den-Raab-Camp 2014" on Fuerteventura for Raelert-Brothers’ long-term partner ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.

In Bahrain, more than 50 world-class professionals will race in the men’s elite field including the reigning Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle from Germany. Moreover there are many more highly decorated professionals taking part. "You better have no look at the start list with all of these fast guys," says Michael Raelert with a smile, "it could make you feel a bit dizzy. I don’t like to compare the race with the Ironman Hawaii, because it is completely different. Kona is absolutely unique. But the pro field in Bahrain is absolutely sensational which makes this Challenge race an exciting challenge.” Among others this race includes stars like Tim Don from Great Britain, Australian Pete Jacobs, Tim O'Donnell (USA), the Spaniard Eneko Llanos, Tyler Butterfield from Bermudas, Ritchie Nicholls (UK) or the German trio Andreas Dreitz, Nils Frommhold and Timo Bracht. "It's a bit like an Advent calendar," says Michael Raelert, "behind every door you can find another outstanding name." This is the reason why the Rostockian is very excited to fight for the victory on Saturday. "Not only the conditions will be warm, it will certainly be a hot fight for the title."

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

http://www.challenge-bahrain.com.bh/

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