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Alex Moos and Balz Weber during their first training camp on the Canary Islands
Alex Moos and Balz Weber during their first training camp on the Canary Islands

BMC present at the World Cup with the professional Mountainbike Team

21. December 2010

Beginning January 1, 2011, a top international team will take part in the XC and Marathon World Cup under the BMC flag with the BMC Mountainbike Team.

BMC is linked to and defined by professional racing to an extent paralleled by precious few other brands. Following the successes of the road teams around Cadel Evans in 2010, BMC wants to also perfect this tradition beyond the road. Leading the way here is a 6-member team headed by David Chassot and Alex Moos, who is now continuing his career on the road in the Marathon category and at the same tame taking on the athletic direction of the Swiss team. "It is a gigantic prospect for me to be able to participate in shaping the commitment to mountain biking for BMC. My experience in the professional sport will help the young riders", stated Moos.

"Our mountain bikes have been on a world-class level for years now. We now wish to support and refine the product development using feedback from the professional cross country sport and naturally also demonstrate our expertise", commented Mike Hürlimann, CEO of BMC. "The BMC Mountainbike Team is the tip of the iceberg of our long-term commitment to mountain biking. We hope to shape this commitment to be long-term and have therefore founded a U23 US Development Team in addition to the Swiss Fischer and Texner teams in order always have a prospect on the juniors level. Whoever rides races on a BMC today should have the prospect, with the right performance, of becoming a professional with us", said Frank Schreiner, Head of Marketing at BMC.

When selecting riders, BMC first focuses on the core markets of Switzerland and Germany.
Moritz Milatz, the German champion in 2010, is thus on board and is looking forward to going on the offensive in a BMC jersey. "For me, the BMC team is an ideal group with the right background. Living in Freiburg, I am also very close and will be able to integrate myself well. After my unfortunate injury in 2010, I am truly motivated to give it my all in 2011. The material and the environment couldn't be better," stated Milatz. In addition to Milatz, Patrik Gallati, Balz Weber and Julien Taramarcaz will also fight for World Cup points. Gallati placed third in both, the European Championships and the World Championships 2010 U23 and has outstanding prospects as an international professional. With his commitment to the BMC team, Taramarcaz returns from the road back onto the bike and will also be at the starting line for CycloCross races. In addition to Moos, the team was also able to obtain Balz Weber for the marathon distances. "Marathon also plays an important role for our team, as it is a very important discipline with numerous large events in which we wish to show our presence", said Mike Hürlimann. Alex Moos will thus stand with Balz Weber at the starting line of the Cape Epic race and ride more long distances. And a young CycloCross rider rounds out the team with Yves Corminboef, who overcame his fight with cancer (leukemia) over the last two years. "We are very pleased to give Corminboef the chance for a comeback in professional sports as a member of this young team. In addition to CycloCross, Yves will also ride MTB races", commented Chassot.

The team will start on the race-tested teamelite 01 and fourstroke 01 carbon bikes, but further new developments are soon to be expected for the team and all other BMC fans.