19. Jun 2014

Andy Raelert

Looking forward to race in Heilbronn

World-class competitors to take part at the City-Triathlon – From the training camp at Lake Chiemsee directly to the middle-distance race

Rostock. Andreas Raelert wants to fight for the title at the City-Triathlon in Heilbronn. This Sunday, June 22, the world record holder on the Ironman-distance starts as one of the favorites into the middle-distance race including 2 km swimming, 60 km cycling and 15 km running. "In recent years you could hear only good things of this event," says Andreas Raelert before his debut in Heilbronn. Traditionally, the City-Triathlon is well known for its strong pro field. "I’m looking forward to racing in Heilbronn”, says Andreas Raelert, “I feel respect for the tough course and the challenging field of athletes, but I’m happy to start on Sunday.”


After his positive start into the season with a bronze finish at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, Andreas Raelert has continued to work on his form. Two weeks ago he was part of the team TG triZack Rostock in the German triathlon league “Regionalliga” and took the victory at the Vierlanden Triathlon in Hamburg for TG triZack Rostock. Last week the world record holder underwent a test at the velodrome in Büttgen to optimize the aerodynamics and his position on the new time trial bike of the Raelert-Brothers, the CUBE Aerium. "I am very thankful to the team that was on my site in Büttgen. I was able to profit from their expertise and I hope that this will be already noticeable in Heilbronn", says, Andreas Raelert.

Andreas Raelert comes directly from a training camp at Lake Chiemsee in Germany to Heilbronn. Together with his brother Michael, the four-time podium finisher of the Ironman Hawaii prepared at Lake Chiemsee for the race. Here, they both laid an important basis for the rest of the season. "Still, it is not exactly clear how the season plans will look like in detail," say the Raelert-Brothers, "but the Ironman Hawaii on October 11 stands firmly on our program."
In Heilbronn Andreas Raelert wants to celebrate another successful stage on the way to Hawaii. "The City-Triathlon offers an excellent opportunity to face world-class athletes eye to eye," says Andreas Raelert. In addition to two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Sebastian Kienle, who has won twice in Heilbronn, there are other strong competitors in the field. Former race champion Andreas Böcherer, former Olympic-distance world champion Daniel Unger and Andrew Dreitz, who won Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in May, will be at the starting line as well.





The Raelert-Brothers in brief  - The fastest brothers in the world of endurance Triathlon:

Andreas Raelert is the world’s fastest athlete on the Ironman distance. He holds the world record since July 10th 2011 - when Andreas won the Challenge Roth in 7:41:33 hours. He moved over to the Ironman distance in 2008 after a successful career in Olympic distance races. Andreas is a two-time Olympian: He reached 6th place at the Olympics in Athens 2004 and 12th place at the Olympics in Sydney 2000. Andreas won his debut over the Ironman distance at the Ironman Arizona in 2008. In 2009 he gave his debut at the legendary Hawaii Ironman and finished third. In 2010 he won the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt and finished second at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. 2011 he won the Challenge Roth in world best time on the bike (4:11:43 hours) - and was again third in Hawaii. In 2012 he won the ETU-European Championships on the middle distance at Challenge Kraichgau and finished second at the Ironman Hawaii. In 2013 Andreas Raelert celebrated victories at the Ironman Austria and at the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. Andreas Raelert was born on August 11th 1976 in Rostock.


Michael Raelert is the world’s fastest athlete on the Ironman 70.3 distance. Since November 14th 2009 he holds the world record - when Michael won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater in 3:34:04 hours. The two-time German champion over the Olympic Distance (2005/2008) joined the Ironman 70.3 distance for the first time in 2009 and remained undefeated over this distance for more than a year. In 2010 Michael celebrated the double: winning the European and World Championship in Ironman 70.3. In 2012 he had a successful Ironman debut - being runner-up at Ironman Regensburg. He won the Ironman 70.3 European Championships 2012 in Wiesbaden. In 2013 he won Ironman 70.3 Berlin. Michael Raelert was born on August 29th 1980 in Rostock.


The Raelert-Brothers support the project Mike Möwenherz in their hometown Rostock. Mike Möwenherz takes care of seriously ill children and helps them to live with their families. In 2012 Michael Raelert has dedicated his Ironman debut in Regensburg to this project.

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