Michael Raelert is looking forward to a fast and “secret” race

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posted by Fabienne Dirksen
September 17, 2020

Full of excitement, Swiss Side Pro Athlete Michael Raelert will hit the start line on Sunday in a competition that takes place under special circumstances. It won’t be announced before raceday where the Pushing Limits Race will be held. Michael Raelert is one of the selected starters of the 24-athletes-only competition over 1000 meters of swimming, 40 kilometers of cycling and 10 kilometers of running. "The race has something very special not only due to the fact that the fans don’t know where it will be held," says Michael Raelert, "as well it will be exciting because of the field of athletes."

Due to the Covid-19 security requirements, the organizers are not able to allow spectators along the race course. Therefore, the race location remains secret until the start of the competition on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. "This doesn't change anything about the strong field," says Michael Raelert, who is looking forward to the competition which can be followed via a livestream. Gustav Iden from Norway, the Germans Nils Frommhold, Andreas Dreitz, Boris Stein, Jonathan Zipf, Ruben Zepuntke and Frederic Funk are also part of the line-up, and for example the fast Belgian Pieter Heemeryck. “The motto seems to be full throttle”, says Michael Raelert, who is really pleased that the competition will take place as a non-drafting event with a distance of 20 meters on the bike. The livestream will be linked at www.facebook.com/raelertbrothers/

In the past few days, Michael and Andreas Raelert were able to experience some positive and succesful endurance tests. Embedded in an extensive training day, Andreas Raelert completed the Eurawasser Sprint Triathlon in Güstrow near Rostock in 54:55 minutes. He swam 750 meters in 9:12 minutes, rode 20 kilometers in 29:58 minutes and added a run of 5 kilometer Running in 15:45 minutes. “It was a nice experience,” said Andreas Raelert, “I hope that there will be opportunities to head into longer competitions in the early future.” Meanwhile, Michael Raelert competed in the 2nd German Triathlon Bundesliga for the team TriZack Rostock. At the Erkner Triathlon near Berlin, he finished fifth overall in a sprint race including 700 meters of swimming, 28 kilometers of cycling and 3.6 kilometers of running in 1:02:34 hours.