(c) Ingo Kutsche

Chieming. Just a few days before the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon, another top star announced his start: Three-time European Champion Michael Raelert will make the race for the crown even more exciting. The professional field on June 29 (Saturday) and June 30 (Sunday) will be as big and strong as never before. 1500 athletes of all performance classes are expected at the weekend in Chieming. In addition to the popular Olympic and half distance, a new race mode will attract athletes this year: the mixed-team relay.

After 2017, Raelert again wants to be at the top

In 2017, the 38-year-old Raelert had won the race with a sovereign performance. Then he’d described the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon as “sensational” and “prestige race”. Now he wants to repeat his success – and will face well-known competitors such as Markus Fachbach, Julian Erhardt or Horst Reichel.

Also the women’s start list contains well-known names: With the Swiss Caroline Steffen a six-time Ironman winner and two-time Ironman Vice World Champion comes to the Chiemgau region. She challenges Camilla Pedersen from Denmark and the Frenchwoman Jeanne Collonge for victory. Pedersen has several World and European Champion titles in her CV. Collonge is winner of prestigious races such as the Triathlon Alpe d’Huez, the Embrunman or the triathlon Gerardmer. Almost a dozen other professional women are on the list – including Jenny Schulz and Lisa-Maria Dornauer.

Caroline Steffen; Foto: @witsup.com
Caroline Steffen; Foto: @witsup.com

Celebrities on Short Distance and in Mixed Team Relay

Familiar names can also be found in the start list of other distances. Biathlon star Vanessa Hinz from Schliersee will race her second short distance (1.5 / 40/10 km) on Sunday after her debut last year. Moritzburg and Wolfgangsee Challenge winner Maxi Kirmeier wants to win on the short distance just as the multiple Czech champion Thomas Bednar. The Sprint distance (0.5 / 20/5 km) will attract hundreds of beginners and ambitious athletes.

How does a Mixed Team Relay work?

New on Saturday is the so-called “Mixed Team Relay”, which will even be Olympic in 2020. The format is a team race in which each team member completes a complete triathlon with swimming, cycling and running in one piece. At the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon a team consists of three athletes with at least one woman. The distances are 0.2km swimming, 6.5km cycling and 1.9km running. In the field you’ll find celebs such as the first German Hawaii winner and triathlon legend Thomas Hellriegel, world champion Daniel Unger or Olympian Christian Prochnow.

All around the athletic competitions there will be a triathlon expo at the finish line area and a “Meet the Pros” on Saturday evening in the marquee.

Traffic restrictions in the region

Due to the necessary full closure of the bike route, there may be traffic restrictions in the area on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. “We ask all residents, tourists, participants and spectators for cooperation and are grateful for the support we have experienced in recent years to strengthen the region with this sporting highlight,” says race director Tom Mayerhöfer.

Pictures: @ whitsup.com, Ingo Kutsche