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The BMC U-23 Racing Team is on the horizon for 2013. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The BMC U-23 Racing Team is on the horizon for 2013. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Under-23 Racing Team Unveiled For 2013

2. mei 2012

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday the creation of the "BMC U-23 Racing Team" for 2013.

Preparing For The Future
"Having our own under-23 team will give us the chance to develop the next generation of riders for the BMC Racing Team," Ochowicz said. "It's an opportunity to seek out our own riders and gradually bring them to the top level via our own program, our own system and our own philosophy." The announcement of the new program follows recent news that BMC Switzerland has committed to sponsor the BMC Racing Team through the 2016 season. BMC Owner Andy Rihs said he had plans for some time to establish a feeder program to the ProTour squad. "Now is the time to do it," Rihs said. "I think we'll have a lot of interest from top young riders and they will have a nice chance to profit from a successful team. In the long term, we have to think about who's going to succeed some of our more veteran riders. This gives us a chance to teach them how we do things, how we work and eventually become a dependable rider for us."

Full Support From BMC
The BMC U-23 Racing Team will be registered as an elite-level team with USA Cycling. "This will be a U.S.-based team racing on the international calendar," Ochowicz said. "It will primarily be made up of athletes from the United States and Switzerland, but we'll also include talented individuals from other nations." BMC Switzerland will provide full support to the team, just as it does to the BMC Racing Team, said chief executive officer Thomas Binggeli. "I believe that it is essential for the sport of cycling to supporting and cultivating young riders," Binggeli said. "At the same time, we can also benefit from their new and innovative ideas that may be implemented in our production processes."