German professional triathlete Andi Böcherer is partnering with British triathlon specialist Zone3 and will race in the brand’s high-end wetsuits and swimwear this season.
During his premature off-season in 2017 – Böcherer was forced out of the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii last October (where he finished 5th in 2016) due to a foot injury – he has reflected on his kit and sponsor partnerships.
“During my enforced time off, my team and I had a serious look at all the areas where we felt my potential hasn’t been fully utilized,” Böcherer said. “In terms of training and racing, equipment has a big part to play. An athlete and their equipment must fit.”
When it comes to kit, Andi felt there were some small things to improve upon. He continued, “I am thankful for great partners like Cube, New Balance, Fe226, Zipp, SRAM and Uvex because I am already extremely well equipped and would not change anything.
“Swimming is often seen as a discipline where you won’t win a triathlon, but where you can lose a race. I don’t agree. The importance of being fast in the water really grows as we have more and more excellent swimmers in the fields. To be with the best early on can define the rest of the race.”
A search for a swim apparel partner ended with Zone3. “I am really stoked,” Böcherer said. “After testing a Zone3 wetsuit I know that I already have an advantage. It totally fulfils my dreams of a perfect wetsuit. It’s flexible, doesn‘t change my swimming style and supports my hips without feeling unnatural. I cannot wait to start the new season in my new Zone3 wetsuit!”
Andi Böcherer has finished in the top five at the IRONMAN World Championship, is a former European champion and ‘almost always finishes on the podium in any race he enters’. He completed his first triathlon in 2002 and has turned his passion into a career since 2008.
Zone3 launched its first wetsuit in 2009 following several years of research and development by elite athletes at Loughborough University; one of Europe’s leading sports research facilities. The brand has since come a long way, and has developed a range that aims to cater for every aspect of the triathlete’s wardrobe – from wetsuits, and tri apparel, to swimwear and accessories for beginners all the way through to elite athletes.