14. Apr 2016

Andy and Micha

Raelert-Brothers start into the season 2016

Andreas and Michael Raelert look forward to great races – Andreas starts at the Cannes Triathlon on Sunday – Michael’s opener is the Ironman 70.3 St. George

Rostock. The triathlon season 2016 starts this Sunday for the Raelert-Brothers. Andreas Raelert heads into his first competition at the Cannes International Triathlon after long weeks of preparation in his hometown Rostock. The silver medalist of the Ironman World Championship participates in this great event at the famous Côte d'Azur racing 2 kilometers of swimming, 80 kilometers of cycling and 16 kilometers of running. "Here we go," says Andreas Raelert, "I am very excited to be back at the starting line."

The International Triathlon Cannes takes place for the third time. "It's a really challenging race," predicts Andreas Raelert. "Especially the climbs are tough. This course means a both physical and technical challenge to an athlete." Last year, Italian Giulio Molinari celebrated the victory in Cannes thanks to an outstanding bike performance. He took the win ahead of the two Germans Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle. Defending champion Giulio Molinari is racing on Sunday as well as his fast compatriot Daniel Fontana, strong Frenchman Frederic Belaubre, Bart Aernouts from Belgium, Miquel Blanquart (Spain) and Germany’s Patrick Lange.

Andreas Raelert expects a thrilling race not only on the bike course including 1100 meters of elevation. "It's a really tough race for the first competition of the year," says the Rostockian, "for sure the race course is impressive and beautiful, but the long climb on the bike and challenging descents will be demanding." Due to this, Andreas Raelert heads into the race with a lot of respect.

The Cannes International Triathlon is supposed to be a good start into a successful season for the Raelert-Brothers. On May 8th, Andreas Raelert then starts at the EJOT Triathlon in Buschhütten, Germany, on the Olympic distance to prepare for his summer peak race at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt on July 3. The race of the year will be held on October 8th at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. After winning the silver medal last year, Andreas Raelert wants to try fulfilling his dream of winning in Kailua-Kona.

Michael Raelert is looking forward to race in Kailua-Kona in October, too. Besides that, he wants to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship which takes place on September 4th in Mooloolaba, Australia. "I try to win my third Ironman 70.3 World Championship title," says Michael Raelert after taking the victory in 2009 and 2010. After a long training camp in Thailand, he will enter into the season on May 7th at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship St. George. "It is a hard and fast race," says Michael Raelert regarding the worldclass competition in Utah. "But that's what makes it so special. After racing an event like this, you really know at which point you stand compared to other athletes. "

Michael Raelert is aiming for the title in St. George and he will use the race in the U.S. as an important test for the Ironman France on June 5th. "I’m on a good way to race in Nice in top shape," says Michael Raelert. Seven weeks after his brother Andreas starts at the International Triathlon Cannes he wants to secure his slot for the Ironman Hawaii at the Côte d'Azur.

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