copyright: Ronny Kiaulehn
16. Apr 2015

Andy und Micha

Important stages in May

Tough competitions ahead – Andreas Raelert races the Ironman North American Championships – Michael Raelert starts at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

Rostock. The Raelert-Brothers want to take the next step. After a successful start into the season, Andreas and Michael Raelert are preparing for great races coming up in May. “Micha already had a good performance at Challenge Dubai,” says Andreas Raelert, “I hope we can add more good results very soon.” In Dubai, Michael Raelert ran into third place in a world-class competition on the middle-distance.

Andreas Raelert is currently preparing on Mallorca for his debut race in 2015. "I am delighted that the first race comes up soon," says the elder of the Raelert-Brothers, "at the same time I am very grateful that I have been able to do a good build-up for the season so far. Last year my preparation was a bit bumpy, especially for Hawaii. This year my training looks like much more consistent and better overall." Wolfram Bott, coach of the Raelert-Brothers, has closely followed the training sessions of the Raelert-Brothers in recent weeks on Fuerteventura and on Mallorca, where the Rostockians managed a solid training. "As being an athlete you still see the smaller deficits," says Andreas Raelert with a smile, "but Wolfram says that he is quite satisfied with us."

The major goal for Andreas Raelert is the Ironman Hawaii in October. He wants to head into this race in the best possible shape, he would like to add another great race after four podium finishes. "I try to qualify for Kona at an early stage this year," says the 38-year-old, "then the specific preparation for the highlight of the year is in my focus." Andreas Raelert starts therefore at the Ironman North American Championships in Texas on May 16th. "I love it to be in the U.S. and I really do like to race here," says Andreas Raelert. "Besides that, it is a 4000-points-qualifying-race on the way to Kona and a hard competition." Before he takes part in this Ironman, Andreas Raelert wants to test his form at the Ironman 70.3 St. George, Utah, on May 2nd.

Michael Raelert wants not only to start at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on May 9th, he would love to celebrate the third win for the Raelert-Brothers here after 2011 and 2012. "The race is tough, challenging and always blessed with a strong field," says Michael Raelert, "especially on the bike this scenic course makes every athlete going really hard." After Andreas Raelert finished the race in Alcudia in third place in the past two years, Michael Raelert is willing to continue this family series. "One of us has always been on the podium in Mallorca in the history of this race – and it should stay like that," says Michael Raelert.



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