© CUBE/Ronny Kiaulehn
© CUBE/Ronny Kiaulehn
5. Aug 2014

Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl

Michael makes his comeback at Lake Walchsee

The Rostockian will start at the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl – Middle-distance race in Austria on August 31st

Walchsee. Michael Raelert will be back to racing soon. On Sunday, August 31st, he will take part at Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl. "After my knee injury I took some time off to recover and to build up a form where I am competitive on an international level," said Michael Raelert, who had to undergo a knee surgery at the end of previous year. "I have waited long to be ready for a comeback, In wanted to give my body the chance to rest and to recover. Unfortunately, three crashes delayed this recovery process, but now I feel ready and well prepared. I am very excited to have a look where I am at right now at Challenge Walchsee.”

In recent weeks, Michael Raelert mainly prepared at Lake Chiemsee. In this both charming and also demanding region the 33-year old laid an important basis in his training and pointed out good results in all disciplines. “I am satisfied with my level of fitness and my current form, but of course I am also very excited and a little bit nervous what I'm capable of after my long race break." Last year, Michael Raelert dominated Ironman 70.3 Berlin, however he could feel a lack of running miles due to his knee issues at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt where he ranked seventh a few weeks later.

At the Challenge Walchsee Michael Raelert wants to make a good comeback on the middle-distance on which he was able to reach two victories as well at the World Championship and at the European Championship in Ironman 70.3 during his career. "Andy has won the race at Lake Walchsee two years ago," says Michael Raelert, "he told me especially about the scenic setting of the event and the excellent atmosphere of this race. I am therefore very pleased that I will be allowed to discover this Challenge event by myself. The course is certainly challenging, but that's what makes it really charming to me." After the 1.9 km long swim in Lake Walchsee, the participants head onto a two-loop bike course of 90 kilometers overall, which means a challenging task at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser mountains. Finally an up-and-down run course of four loops around Lake Walchsee awaits all athletes, before they cross the finish line.






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