Andreas Raelert wants to make an important step on his way to the 2017 Ironman World Championship this Sunday. The Rostockian is planning to grab important points for the Kona Pro Ranking at the Ironman 70.3 Racine. "I hope it will be a successful trip to the U.S.," says Andreas Raelert. He wants to perform in a good way at the event in Wisconsin after winning the Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh. "I am confident that the competition in Racine will allow me to pave the way to the Ironman Hawaii," says Andreas Raelert.
At the competition over 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running he will not only embark on a fast and flat course. Moreover, there is a strong field of pro athletes going to participate. "I think there will be some really strong athletes racing," says Andreas Raelert. "I really want to have this form of competition in order to see at which point I am at the moment."
Fast athletes are part of the start list for the Ironman 70.3 Racine. Among others, American Andrew Starykowicz is racing. He is one of the fastest cyclists in long-distance triathlon and a guarantee for a lot of pressure on the bike. The strong U.S. trio Matt Chrabot, TJ Tollakson, and Matt Hanson is as well on the start list. In addition, the reigning world champion in Ironman 70.3, Tim Reed, and his Australian countrymen Sam Appleton and Joe Gambles are announced to be part of the field.
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