19. Feb 2017


Michael Raelert celebrates first win of the year in Bangkok

Victory at the Bangsaen Triathlon thanks to strength and smart tactics – Convincing performance gives a lot of confidence for further preparations in Phuket training camp

Bahrain. Michael Raelert celebrated the first victory in the 2017 season for the Raelert Brothers. On Sunday, the 36-year old took the win at the 2017 Toyota Bangsaen Triathlon in Bangkok thanks to his speed and a clever strategy. Michael Raelert claimed first place ahead of British Ritchie Nicholls and Brad Kahlefeldt from Australia. The race over 1.5 kilometers of swimming, 75 kilometers of cycling and 15 kilometers of running belongs to the Masters Series of the Thailand Triathlon League. And this race gave Michael Raelert a good feeling of being on the right track with his training. "I'm really happy with my race,” he said after the competition. “I'm exhausted, but in an absolutely positive way. I've had a competition that gives me a lot of confidence for the upcoming weeks."

After the competition, Michael Raelert looked back to a very successful event. Although there was no official result list including the individual splits right after the race due to a technically caused delay, Michael Raelert was happy to talk about a very well organized event which had been an attraction to many people. "I’m really surprised how positive the whole experience turned out," he said, "I did not know the event before and I have to say: I am very impressed." Michael Raelert spontaneously decided to take part in the Sprint-Triathlon on Saturday heading into a huge triathlon weekend without any bigger ambitions, too. "It was fun," he said later.

In the main race of the Bangsaen Triathlon Festival on Sunday, Michael Raelert was able to show a good swim performance which was a good basis for his success. He decisively influenced the pace in the lead group during the swim and reached the first transition zone in a promising position. "I wanted to attack on the bike early," he said, "but I did not get away from the other guys." British Ritchie Nicholls, Frederik Croneborg from Sweden and Australia’s Brad Kahlefeldt always managed to get back to him after each attack. "At kilometer 30, Frederik then made his move." Croneborg opened up a first gap to the pursuers, and Michael Raelert made a strategic decision at that moment. He didn’t attack immediately and waited for his decisive move. "I waited for a few kilometers before I attacked again," he said later. Michael Raelert moved into second place thanks to this attack and joined with Frederik Croneborg in the lead soon.

Together, the two leaders reached T2 with an advantage of about 1:30 minutes. "On the run, I tried to nail some tough pace from the beginning," said Michael Raelert. Frederik Croneborg couldn’t stay with Michael Raelert’s speed, and as well the two strong runners Ritchie Nicholls and Brad Kahlefeldt couldn’t catch up with him on the final 15 kilometers. "It was a tough run, but I'm very happy with the result of the race," said Michael Raelert. Now, he wants to work for further success in his training camp in Phuket in the next weeks.


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