Michael Raelert returns to Rapperswil
Start at the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland this Sunday – Good memories of the competition at the Lake Zurich – Demanding but fair course
Rapperswil. This Sunday, Michael Raelert returns to the Lake Zurich. In a unique landscape, the Rostockian wants to start at the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland in Rapperswil. He has good memories of this event although his last race in Rapperswil took place some years ago. "It's been some time," says Michael Raelert, "but when I think of racing in Rapperswil, I think of very nice competitions." He won the traditional race over the Ironman 70.3 distance in Switzerland twice, in 2010 and in 2012.
Michael Raelert is looking forward to tackle the challenging race in Switzerland this Sunday again after a long absence from this competition. "The course in Rapperswil has never been easy," he says. Michael Raelert expects a quick swim and a tough race on the hilly bike course, before the run will bring the decision. For example, the "stairway to heaven" awaits all athletes on the two-lap run course. It’s a steep stairway in the old town of Rapperswil which leads up to the castle. "Rappi's course is tough but fair," says Michael Raelert.
The start list promises fast pace in all disciplines for Sunday. From Switzerland, two multiple winners of the competition are reported to take part, Ruedi Wild and Ronnie Schildknecht. In addition, there are two former German winners on the start list of the race, Nils Frommhold and Andreas Böcherer. Moreover the strong Swiss Sven Riederer and Manuel Kueng are ready to tackle the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland.
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