The BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace has announced four new partners to support the team in 2016 and beyond. Speedo, uvex, Polar and Compressport will become dedicated partners of the BMC-Etixx team.
General manager Bob De Wolf said “The BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team p/b Uplace stands for professionalism and high performance. The team’s philosophy and vision is to provide maximal professional support for our athletes with the ultimate goal to optimize their performances.
“Obviously such can only be achieved through the commitment and contributions of our sponsors and partners. With the addition of Speedo, uvex, Polar and Compressport as partners of the team we’re thrilled to take BMC-Etixx from strength to strength.”
Justine Whitby, Commercial Director at Speedo UK, shared the excitement about the new partnership. She said “Speedo are incredibly excited to be the new swim sponsor for the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team as of 2016. At Speedo we’re passionate about swimming and triathlon, and we’re excited to have the BMC-Etixx team on board; the team has great synergy and fit with the Speedo brand where together we can inspire triathletes not just in the UK but globally too.”
Alexander Selch, CEO at uvex added “We are proud to partner up with the BMC- Etixx Pro Triathlon Team – one of the best and most ambitious triathlon teams in the world. With this cooperation we expand our triathlon activities and present our products and technologies in an international and highly professional environment. The professional structure and management of the team matches perfectly to the brand values of uvex. With our products and know-how we are certain to contribute to the athlete´s success.”
“When you want to be the best, you have to play with the best”, said Marco Suvilaakso, Global Product Director at Polar. “We’re excited to support the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team because we share many of the same values: dedication, spirit and high performance. This new partnership is a fitting continuation of Polar’s long history of supporting great athletes with their training.”
Also Sylvain Laur, Compressport Founder and CEO is also satisfied with the new partnership. “Born in Switzerland in 2008, Compressport is the benchmark product in the sports compression market. It is the only brand to offer seamless products specially designed and developed for each different muscle chain.
“Compressport is recognized as a leader in compression thanks to the technical features and unique designs of its product range and their quality. Developed in Switzerland, all the compression products are manufactured in Europe. As the official Compression Partner of eight Pro Tour Cycling Teams, many world class triathletes and trail runners and with this new sensational high performance alliance with BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team, COMPRESSPORT continues its breakaway in the triathlon market.
“Compression is key in the performance and recovery process of pro triathletes, be it during racing, training or travel periods.”
Strong network of sponsors and partners
General Manager Bob De Wolf also emphasizes the importance of the continued support and continuation of long term partnerships with all other team partners in 2016. “We are incredibly pleased to be able to continue working with such a strong network of partners and sponsors. Bike manufacturer BMC Switzerland, Sports Nutrition brand Etixx and Real Estate Group Uplace serve as the team’s main sponsors.”
He added, “The continuous commitment of BMC Switzerland, Etixx and Uplace, allows us to continue growing and developing as a team.
“Additional support is provided by our excellent partners: Shimano/Pro bike components, Pearl Izumi race and training clothing, Speedo wetsuits, swimwear and goggles, uvex helmet and sunglasses, BMW Le Couter, Tacx bike trainers and drink bottles, Polar sports watches and heart rate monitors, fi’zi:k saddles, Continental tubulars, Compressport compression products and race socks, Sands Beach Active for warm weather training, Lululemon casual clothing, Bakala Academy sports-scientific support, OGIO travel and sport bags, Best Swim Centre, Sportoase pool and gym facilities, Assumax insurance, Scicon bike bags and TrainingPeaks training data management system.”
“He continued, “With the commitment from BMC, Etixx, Uplace and all our other partners we are ready for a very ambitious season. We want to continue winning big races this year and keep our position as one of the leading teams in the world. This year is also the start of our 4 year plan with the intention to continue building on our legacy and with the clear ambition to win the World Championship IRONMAN within this 4 year window. We strongly believe we have the operational set up, the professional support from our partners and the athletes to do so.”
On 9 December 2015 the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace announced its team line up for 2016. Bart Aernouts (BEL), Liz Blatchford (AUS), Will Clarke (UK), Helle Frederiksen (DEN), Sofie Goos (BEL), Romain Guillaume (FRA), David McNamee (UK) Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) will defend the red and black team colors in 2016.
This weekend Will Clarke will kick start the season for BMC-Etixx in IM 70.3 South Africa.