Shimano and BMC Start Partnership For Mountainbike Racing Team

SHIMANO and BMC Switzerland are excited to announce that from next season they will join forces in mountainbike racing. Both companies share the same vision on innovation and are aiming for top finishes next seasons. BMC mountainbike racing team will ride their races on SHIMANO’s top range XTR components, wheels and pedals.

BMC mountainbike racing team has a strong team for upcoming seasons. Moritz Milatz is the current European Champion and recently signed Julien Absalon is four times World Champion and two times Olympic Champion. Supported by a mix of experienced and talented riders BMC mountainbike racing team will keep aiming for top finishes.

BMC ROAD RACING TEAM
Besides the partnership with BMC mountainbike racing team, SHIMANO and BMC also strengthen their partnership with BMC road racing team. After riding Dura Ace components for the last two seasons, the cooperation between BMC and Shimano is extended with Shimano wheels meaning that as of 2013 BMC and their riders, including new World Champion Philippe Gilbert, will race Dura Ace 9070 Di2, SHIMANO wheels, pedals and PRO discs.

“PUSH EACH OTHER TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL”

Andi Rihs, owner of BMC:”With the BMC Racing Team we already have one of the strongest road teams. Now we are lifting our MTB Team to a similar level as well. Only high tech products and the best equipment are good enough for our riders. For us there was only one option, SHIMANO. They have state of the art components, an innovative approach and give us perfect support throughout the season.

Thomas Binggeli, CEO of BMC: “This partnership gives us the opportunity to work with the best material and it lets us focus on what is most important for our team: winning races!”

Jim Ochowicz, President of the BMC Racing Team said: “The relationship with Shimano will provide our team with a technological advantage. We are excited about this partnership.”

Marc van Rooij, president of SHIMANO Europe:”The new partnership with both BMC teams is a great opportunity for us as Shimano, to work with one of the finest and professional sports teams in the World. BMC and Shimano share the same DNA, extremely innovative and passionate. We look forward to a strong and successful partnership where we both, in mountainbiking and road racing, can push each other to the highest level.”
NOTES FOR EDITOREMBARGO DATE : For immediate release ATTACHMENTS : Official logo’s BMC and SHIMANO : Picture of the official announcement in Valkenburg (Left Andi Rihs, center Marc van Rooij, right Thomas Binggeli)