Sebastian Kuhn/Drehmomente
6. Feb 2015


Raelert-Brothers are ready to start into the season

Challenge Dubai is the first race for Michael Raelert – Preparation began early for a year with a lot of great events – Ironman Hawaii should highlight 2015

Rostock. The Raelert-Brothers are about to start into the season in a few days. On February 27th Michael Raelert will head into the first 2015 triathlon event for the Team Raelert-Brothers. The 34-year old will take part at inaugural Challenge Dubai. “I’m already extremely nervous,” says Michael Raelert. “The final race of the 2014’s season has been a great gift. It would be awesome to continue with a performance like the last one.” Michael Raelert won Challenge Bahrain in an impressive way in December.

At Challenge Dubai the field will race the half Ironman distance of 1.9 kilometer swimming, 90 km cycling and 21.1 km running. The competition in the United Arab Emirates is the prelude of the new Triple Crown series of Challenge Family. Three races are included in this series, the prize money of 1.000.000 US Dollars will be given to the best athletes at the end of the year. The start of the Triple Crown is Challenge Dubai on February 27th, Challenge Oman will follow on August 7th, the Grand Final will be held at Challenge Bahrain on December 11th. "It’s an incredibly long stretch from February to December,” says Michael Raelert, “it’s a real challenge to peak at each of these three races. But I hope I will be able to do so, hopefully I can have a shot for the title. It would be a dream if I could be at the top of the podium at the end of the year. This has been already great fun in Bahrain."

Andreas and Michael Raelert started into the preparation for the new season very early. "Micha's successful victory in Bahrain has inspired me enormously," says Andreas Raelert, "after my hard finish in Hawaii I was emotionally down, but to see how Micha delivers one great race after another motivated me a lot." Already before Christmas, Andreas Raelert has been in Thailand for a first training camp, before he went to Austria for a cross-country ski training camp at the end of the year. In January he had a longer stay with the team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei at Fuerteventura while Michael Raelert went for a training camp to Thailand as well after some days of vacation. In the next days, both the Raelert-Brothers will train together on Fuerteventura. "This time our coach Wolfram Bott will be part of the training team, and this is a guarantee for a high level of quality," says Andreas Raelert.

The team Raelert-Brothers starts into a season with many highlights and strong partners. "We are very thankful for the support," say Michael and Andreas Raelert, "we have a team we really can rely on, great partners and people who support us every day like Wolfram.” On this basis, Michael and Andreas Raelert try to reach great goals in 2015. "Kona, no question," the Raelert-Brothers respond to the question of which race is the most important in their seasonal planning. "We can perform there a lot better," says Michael Raelert, "and we would like to show that." While Andreas Raelert probably wants to qualify for the Ironman World Championship at an Ironman race early in the season, Michael Raelert has already earned a lot of qualification points thanks to four Ironman 70.3 victories last fall. "On the way to Kona, I would like to be in perfect shape on the middle distance," he says. Most of all he would like to shine in Austria in August, at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See.





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