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Commerzbank Triathlon Team helps Japan

Bid for the original Scott bikes of Maik Twelsiek and Jan Raphael on eBay

The Commerzbank Triathlon Team is launching a charity campaign throughout April to help affected people in Japan. The team is auctioning two original Scott bikes from the 2010 season. Furthermore, several Commerzbank athletes who are racing in April will wear charity race suits in order to express their commitment. Post races, these tri-suits will also be donated for auction.

The exclusive bike auctions starts today from 7pm and finish on 24 April; the collected money will be donated to the charity organisation CARE.

Fans can bid for the Plasma2 of Maik Twelsiek (size L) and/or Jan Raphael (size XS). On this bike Twelsiek rode the fastest bike split ever at Ironman Lanzarote; while Raphael finished with his bike fifth at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt and sixth at Ironman South Africa.

Both triathlon bikes include high-end components: ZIPP wheels (404/808), Profile Design aerobar and SRAM Red, and are each worth around €10,000 (£8,800).

Jan Raphael: “Both bikes are as new although they did a lot of kilometres with us. We’re very happy to donate them for a good cause.”

Maik Twelsiek: “The future owners will be lucky dogs! So just go on eBay and place your bid in order to collect money for the people who have been affected by this horrible disaster.”

Team manager Jan Wendt adds: “We know that auctioning these bikes means just a small activity in comparison to the huge dimensions of the disaster. But our involvement comes from the heart because the bikes have a highly sentimental value for us.”

Head here to place your bid: www.ebay.de/starsandcharity. And for further information on the Commerzbank Triathlon Team visit www.commerzbank.com/triathlon.

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.