For the first time since 2012 Andreas and Michael Raelert will start at the same race as the two get ready for Ironman Hamburg. Caroline Steffen highlights the competitive women's field.
July 25, 2019 | NEWS|
Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert and his four-time podium Kona podium-finisher brother Andreas are going to toe the same starting line this weekend in Hamburg, the first time the two have started the same race since the Ironman World Championship in 2012.
Andreas will be wearing race number one, a tribute to his impressive resume that includes numerous Ironman wins and, for five years, the world's fastest time over the full-distance, his 7:41:33 winning time at Challenge Roth in 2011.
After a few years of injuries, Andreas returned to full-distance racing in Lanzarote this year, pushing at the front of the race through the swim and most of the ride before cramps forced him out of the race.
"My goal is definitely clear," Andreas says, " I want to grab a Kona slot."
Michael started working with coach Brett Sutton this year and says that the race in Hamburg is a chance to evaluate his conditioning.
"My first races this season have not been what I want to show," he says. "In recent weeks I have worked a lot in St. Moritz to improve this.
Michael raced in Hamburg last year and enjoyed crowd support at the race.
"We are both prepared well," he says, "and I am looking forward to the atmosphere in Hamburg."
The Raelert brothers are hardly the only men with eyes on a win this weekend. Others to watch for include South Africa's Matt Trautman, Italy's Giulio Molinari, Spain's Clemente Alonso-McKernan, Switzerland's Ruedi Wild, Great Britain's Will Clarke and Germany's Horst Reichel.
Steffen back for another full
After her record-setting comeback to full-distance racing at Ironman Western Australia, super-mom Caroline Steffen (SUI) will take on another full-distance race this weekend in Hamburg. She'll face a number of seasoned Ironman racers including Germans Maureen Hufe and Julia Gajer, Brits Susie Cheetham and Corinne Abraham and American Sarah Piampiano.