Andreas Raelert looks forward to his Lanzarote debut
First start at the Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote this Saturday – One of the most demanding long-distance courses ahead – A good start into the season is the goal
Puerto del Carmen. Andreas Raelert faces a very demanding competition this Saturday. For the first time, the Rostockian will take part at the Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote. “The race is called a legend by long-distance triathletes,” says Andreas Raelert, “for sure, I know the different parts of the race course from various training camps. But I'm really excited how this will look like during a competition.”
The Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote is not only one of the most traditional long-distance races in the world, it is considered to be the biggest challenge of the Ironman series besides the Ironman Hawaii. “Especially the bike course is very demanding,” says Andreas Raelert with a look at the stunning course which includes 2,500 meters of climbing. The bike course leads the field to the Mirador del Rio, an impressive and famous viewpoint in Lanzarote. “The elevation profile of the bike course challenges every athlete,” says Andreas Raelert, “in addition to the tough course the wind is always a decisive factor in Lanzarote.” During various training periods at Club La Santa, Andreas Raelert learned a lot about the demanding conditions of the island, but he never raced the Ironman in Lanzarote.
After the start in Puerto del Carmen there will be a two-lap swim course of 3,8 kilometers. “I think the first major challenges will come up on the bike,” says Andreas Raelert. Among others, some strong cyclists signed in for the competition. Philip Graves from Scotland, Bryan McCrystal (Great Britain) and Giulio Molinari from Italy are reported to race. In addition, Belgium’s Frederik van Lierde, who became Ironman World Champion in 2013, may already hit the gas on the 180-kilometer bike course. The two-time Lanzarote champion Alessandro Degasperi (Italy), Ivan Rana from Spain and his fellow countryman Miquel Blanchart should be among the fastest runners in the marathon. Other quick German athletes in the race are Roman Deisenhofer, Johannes Moldan, Marc Duelsen, Stefan Schmid and Christian Kramer.
“The field is strong,” says Andreas Raelert, “besides that, the course and the wind will certainly mean a challenge. For me, this Saturday it is all about a good start into the season and to discover a race there is so much talk about.” Andreas Raelert is looking forward to start at the traditional Club La Santa Ironman for the first time after making numerous training kilometers on this island.
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