6. Aug 2015


Next stage Wiesbaden on the way to Kona

Rostockian starts full of motivation into the Ironman 70.3 European Championship – Tough course and a strong field – Michael Raelert wins Frankfurt City Triathlon

Rostock. Andreas Raelert wants to make his way to Hawaii in Wiesbaden. On Sunday, the Rostockian starts at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden, and he wants to fix his qualification for the Ironman World Championship on October 10th there. "Michael could win in Wiesbaden twice," says Andreas Raelert, "I would be delighted if I can fight for the title here on Sunday as well."

Andreas Raelert will do everything he can on the tough course to secure his Kona spot with a good race. "The course is absolutely demanding, especially on the bike," says Andreas Raelert, "I hope that I can be an offensive factor in this race." After the 1.9 kilometer swim in the Lake Waldsee Raunheim there will be a tough one-loop bike ride of 90 kilometers through the very hilly Taunus region, followed by a thrilling final on the 21.1 kilometer run in the heart of Wiesbaden. "Without any doubt it will be really hard," looks Andreas Raelert ahead to race day. "The pro field is very strong."

The start list includes many famous names and a lot of athletes watching out for top results in Wiesbaden. British Ritchie Nicholls is one of the favorites after winning the race in 2013, as well there are the Australians Joe Gambles, Peter Robertson or Brad Kahlefeldt on the list, besides Italian Alessandro Degasperi, Manuel Küng and Ruedi Wild of Switzerland – and a number of strong German athletes: Andreas Dreitz, Maurice Clavel, Christian Kramer or even Boris Stein. "The pro field and the course will force me to show my best," says Andreas Raelert. He heads into the race highly motivated. "My training fits, and I feel ready," he says.

Michael Raelert will not be at the start line on Sunday in Wiesbaden. He is currently preparing for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship which takes place on August 30th in Zell am See, Austria. Last Sunday Michael Raelert celebrated a superior victory and a good test race at the Frankfurt City Triathlon. He took the title after a 1.5 kilometer swim, a 45 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run in 1:54:56 hours ahead of defending champion Horst Reichel (1:58:24 hours) and Frederic Funk (1:59:14 hours).











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