13. Sep 2015

Binz/ Germany

Micha defends his title in Binz

Second win at the second edition of the Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 Ruegen thanks to a sovereign performance – Offensive race strategy – Victory is a huge motivation

Binz. Michael Raelert celebrated a sovereign victory at the Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 Ruegen. He defended his title in 3:50:01 hours with a clear margin. Horst Reichel took second place in 3:54:55 hours, the German podium was completed by Timo Bracht in 3:56:07 hours. "After Zell am See this race was just the best thing to happen," said Michael Raelert after the finish, "I'm very happy with my success. This means a lot of motivation to me. I want to say huge thanks to all the people out there at the race course for their support. Even if the weather was not perfect, people kept cheering and helped us a lot."


On a rainy morning with low temperatures, the pro field started on a 1.9 kilometer open-water swim course. Michael Raelert put himself right at the top of the field and exited the water in 25:32 minutes together with Germany’s Florian Angert. "The swim was a tough start of the race due to the waves," said Michael Raelert later, "but it was fun to swim in the Baltic Sea next to the coastline of Binz." Last year, the swim had to be cancelled due to strong winds and rough waves.


Michael Raelert played an offensive tactics on the 90 kilometer bike course. He started his move already when he had left T1 and opened up a gap soon. "My strategy was designed for an early attack," said Michael Raelert after the race. At half way of the course he was 3:50 minutes ahead of second-placed Florian Angert. When the defending champion finally came off the bike, his pursuers were more than six minutes down. Michael Raelert was able to nail down a remarkable split of 2:03:43 hours which was the best bike performance of the day.


Once on the run course, Michael Raelert was allowed to control the race. "I ran much better in the past,” said Michael Raelert after his 1:16:48 hours half marathon, “and I think I can run much faster, too.” The gap was large enough, and Michael Raelert could calm down a bit on the final kilometer. On the finish line in Binz, Michael Raelert was able to celebrate his success and to enjoy the positive atmosphere as a huge motivation for upcoming tasks.






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