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Daniel Juncadella and Timo Bracht cycling on a sealed road.

Road to Kona: Daniel Juncadella and Timo Bracht are ready to take on the island.

Professional DTM driver Daniel Juncadella has hit the road to Kona: With the help of his TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD colleague Timo Bracht he wants to qualify for the legendary IRONMAN Hawaii in 2017.

Big Island – Big Trouble.

Hawaii – Big Island. For most people it is a magical place to go on vacation or a breath-taking filming location. Untouched nature, seething volcanoes and fantastic sandy beaches. Yet some people are fascinated with this location for a completely different reason.

They are not on Hawaii to take a relaxing vacation. The goal is nothing less than absolute physical exhaustion – by competing in the legendary IRONMAN in Kona on Hawaii.

Daniel Juncadella und Timo Bracht laufen am Waldrand an einem See entlang.
Daniel Juncadella und Timo Bracht laufen durch den Wald.

The team does not only consist of professional athletes but also of triathlon enthusiasts who exercise together, learn from each other and promote social projects. The strong team spirit inspires top performances, which is why Daniel’s ambitions draw him to the IRONMAN World Championship on Hawaii. Supported by Mercedes-Benz, the two pack their equipment into the V-Class and set out to their training camp in Andorra.

Training hard creates a bond.

At first glance it seems as though professional triathlete Timo Bracht and Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Daniel Juncadella have little in common. Almost ten years of professional career separates the two. One uses music to relax before a race. The other studies his surroundings so carefully that he could effortlessly work as a tour guide. Nevertheless, these two characterisations actually say very little. The two athletes are cut from the same cloth and share the same mentality. This also applies to their social commitment. They met as colleagues in the Laureus TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD.

Training hard creates a bond.

At first glance it seems as though professional triathlete Timo Bracht and Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Daniel Juncadella have little in common. Almost ten years of professional career separates the two. One uses music to relax before a race. The other studies his surroundings so carefully that he could effortlessly work as a tour guide. Nevertheless, these two characterisations actually say very little. The two athletes are cut from the same cloth and share the same mentality. This also applies to their social commitment. They met as colleagues in the Laureus TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD.

Daniel Juncadella und Timo Bracht laufen durch den Wald.

The team does not only consist of professional athletes but also of triathlon enthusiasts who exercise together, learn from each other and promote social projects. The strong team spirit inspires top performances, which is why Daniel’s ambitions draw him to the IRONMAN World Championship on Hawaii. Supported by Mercedes-Benz, the two pack their equipment into the V-Class and set out to their training camp in Andorra.

The complete training program.

“I like setting myself goals. This keeps me motivated!”, says Daniel. He was already able to achieve the top-level end time of 4h 17min in the half-distance race, the IRONMAN 70.3. At the training camp with Timo, he wants to take things to the next level. Running is the most difficult discipline, says Daniel. You have to work on it all the time and train every day, otherwise you lose your form. No easy task for a hobby triathlete. Daniel’s natural talent shows when it comes to swimming: “I am able to achieve good times, even without much training.” Nevertheless, he is totally focused on improving his swimming technique in the pool. Then it is time for cycling at last. You can see Daniel’s eager anticipation as he sits in the back of the V-Class and ties his shoes. Andorra is his favourite location to train in: “It has wonderful mountains that are great to explore on a racing bike.”

Daniel Juncadella sitzt auf der Ladefläche einer V-Klasse und bindet sich die Schuhe.

Daniel not only uses the training to prepare for the World Championship in Kona but also to benefit his career as a DTM driver. The endurance training helps him to stay fit for his races on the one hand and provides a balance to driving on the other.

Daniel Juncadella und Timo Bracht auf ihren Rennrädern.

For the preparation, Daniel relies on Timo’s long-standing experience: “It is important to have a balanced training schedule to avoid injuries and leave time for personal life”, the pro-triathlete explains.

What it truly takes.

The IRONMAN program sounds incredible even for normal athletes: 76 Olympic swimming lane lengths on the open sea, 180 kilometers of cycling and then a run of the equivalent of 105 laps around the stadium. Timo’s whole life is focused on constantly pushing and going beyond his own limits. He wants to pass on his massive store of competitive experience. You can imagine how time-consuming training each discipline is if you want to complete the IRONMAN in under nine hours.

What it truly takes.

The IRONMAN program sounds incredible even for normal athletes: 76 Olympic swimming lane lengths on the open sea, 180 kilometers of cycling and then a run of the equivalent of 105 laps around the stadium. Timo’s whole life is focused on constantly pushing and going beyond his own limits. He wants to pass on his massive store of competitive experience. You can imagine how time-consuming training each discipline is if you want to complete the IRONMAN in under nine hours.

Daniel Juncadella und Timo Bracht auf ihren Rennrädern.

For the preparation, Daniel relies on Timo’s long-standing experience: “It is important to have a balanced training schedule to avoid injuries and leave time for personal life”, the pro-triathlete explains.

Athletes swapping roles.

Timo sits in the go-kart and listens carefully to Daniel’s instructions. His excitement for motor sports reveals itself: He waves his hands, demonstrates steering movements, goes over the course and bends over Timo’s vehicle. The 25-year-old is completely involved. He wants to give Timo something back: “I really enjoy showing him what it feels like to be a racing driver.” After the race, Timo Bracht has caught the racing fever, too, his expression reflects his joy. The incredible fun almost lets them forget the tough work of the past few days.

Timo Bracht sitzt im Gokart und bekommt von Daniel Juncadella Anweisungen

After a day on the road, Timo and Daniel agree: The future of the project “Road to Kona” is still open. You can never know what the future holds. But the most important thing is to stick with it.

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