25. Feb 2015

Challenge Dubai

Michael Raelert starts into the season

First race for Team Raelert-Brothers in 2015 – Winner of Challenge Bahrain is one of the favorites on Friday – Tough competition and an outstanding field

Rostock. Team Raelert-Brothers is ready to enter the 2015 triathlon season. On Friday, Michael Raelert will head into the inaugural Challenge Dubai as one of the favorites. The 34-year old is excited to race the first competition in this year and to discover the course of another world-class middle-distance event in the UAE. Challenge Dubai will be held for the first time on Friday including a 1.9-kilometer swim, a flat and fast 90 kilometer bike ride and a fast 21.1 kilometer run.

Challenge Dubai is the first race of the new Triple Crown series which will continue on August 7th with Challenge Oman and on December 11th with Challenge Bahrain. "I'm incredibly excited to see how the race will look like on Friday," says Michael Raelert, "it's the first race of the season – and it is all there: a good shape, a strong field and a huge amount of nervousness."

Michael Raelert is one of the favorites in Dubai after his victory at Challenge Bahrain in December. "It was a brilliant final after a very nice fall," says Michael Raelert. After he had been forced to take a long break from racing due to an injury, he was incredibly happy to crown his comeback tour in Bahrain with his fifth victory in a row. "It was unbelievable,” he says, “but there is no guarantee that this series will continue. For sure, it would be very nice." Michael Raelert knows that Challenge Dubai will be an extraordinary fast race. "The course is flat, the field is strong," says Michael Raelert.

There are a couple a famous names on the start list, especially Spanish Javier Gomez is one of the best athletes in the World, he won four ITU Olympic-distance World Championship titles. Among others there are a lot more outstanding athletes: Reigning Ironman 70.3 European Champion Bart Aernouts from Belgium, the two Spaniards Eneko Llanos and Ivan Rana, Andy Potts (USA), Great Britain's Ritchie Nicholls, Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand or former Ironman Hawaii champion, Pete Jacobs (Australia).

“It is absolutely clear, this race will be super fast from the start," says Michael Raelert, "some extremely strong swimmers will make it going." In a training camp in Fuerteventura, Michael Raelert has worked hard to prepare for the race with a group including his brother Andreas and Raelert-Brothers coach Wolfram Bott. "I feel good," says Michael Raelert, "now let's see what this means in the race." Challenge Dubai will start on Jumeirah Beach at 6.45 a.m. local time clock.


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