Zurich, Switzerland – February 26, 2015 – Swiss Side is very proud to announce the signing of the Raelert Brothers, Andreas and Michael to an exclusive two year wheel sponsorship. The brothers will be riding the full line of Hadron Aero Wheels in Ironman competition as well as Gotthard Wheels for training.
“This is an exciting milestone for the Swiss Side brand and it’s our clear intention to make a significant contribution to Andreas and Michael’s cycling performance,” says Jean-Paul Ballard, Swiss Side Technical Director. “We believe that the proven performance of our Hadron wheels combined with new aerodynamic development and optimization work we will do together with the brothers will have a significant impact on their level of competition. Andreas and Michael will take part in some of Swiss Side’s game changing R&D projects, which we will begin to unveil in 2015.”
“Swiss Side is young, innovative and competent which matches perfectly with our brand, says Andreas Raelert. “We couldn’t be more excited about this cooperation with Swiss Side.”
“Swiss Side have managed to make the quickest aero wheel setup and they have shown that does not have to be always the most expensive option on the market,” says Michael Raelert. This will be a powerful cooperation.”
Andreas Raelert represented Germany at the Olympics twice. In Sydney 2000 he reached 12th place, four years later in Athens Andreas was sixth.
In autumn 2008, Andreas Raelert moved from the olympic distance over to the long distance. Making his debut race on the long distance he won Ironman Arizona with a new course record. In 2009 Andreas succeeded his major international breakthrough. He crossed the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii as the best German in third place.
His winning streak continued in the 2010: Andreas won the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt. The european champion crowned the season with being runner-up at the Ironman World Championships in Kona in October 2010.
Since July 2011 – when he won Challenge Roth – Andreas holds the world record on the long distance with 7:41:33 hours. In this race he also improved the world record for the bike leg of a long distance. For 180 kilometers he needed 4:11:43 hours. Three months later he again made it to the podium at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. In 2011 and 2012 Andreas won the ETU European Championships on the middle distance at Challenge Kraichgau.
For More information on Andreas Raelert visit: http://raelert-brothers.com/en/raelert-brothers/andreas_/