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BMC Racing Cup 2012: New name. Established concept.
29. November 2011
Grenchen/Switzerland The threatening end
The foundation of Swiss Mountainbiking was shaking. The end seemed inevitable when the title sponsor of Switzerland's international cross country racing series terminated its engagement. "We are still looking for a new sponsor", exclaimed the series' website, looking for financial backing to secure its future existence. Founded in 1994 by former national coach Andreas Seeli, the series has long reached international recognition. There are few world or Olympic champions in the sport of cross country mountainbiking that have not lined up at one of the seven Swiss venues. Nevertheless, the series seemed destined to disappear from the UCI calendar. Until the shaking reached Grenchen.
"We would endanger Switzerland's dominance in MTB"
"The MTB segment is playing an important role at BMC. As a Swiss-based company, we need a Swiss racing series in order to create national and international impact", evaluates CEO Thomas Binggeli of new series title sponsor BMC. He adds: "There is no way we would lose our most important races and therefore threaten an important part of our domestic athlete development concept. We would endanger Switzerland's dominance in mountainbiking".
BMC support of MTB
The support of bike racing beyond BMC Racing Team's Tour de France victory 2011 on the road has not only come through BMC's engagement in the 2012 BMC Racing Cup. The Swiss bike manufacturer founded its first professional mountainbiking team January 1st 2011 that was built around German double champion Moritz Milatz. "The BMC Racing Cup series will give our BMC Mountainbike Racing Team a fantastic platform to establish itself at the world class level. We are looking forward to seven great events that we want to share with our partners and customers here in Switzerland", says Thomas Binggeli.
BMC Racing Cup 2012: New name. Established concept.
Seven venues. Focus on the development of young athletes. World class athletes to attract media and spectators. The concept of organizer Andreas Seeli has proven itself for many years. It is now carried on under the new umbrella "BMC Racing Cup". "I am happy to have found BMC as the new partner to carry on our tradition of investing into and building up young athletes. I am convinced that Swiss mountainbike racing and the entire bike industry will benefit from this partnership", Seeli is looking into the future.
Team Matlosana's new BMC frames have just arrived
BMC's youth riders dominated the 2011 Lake Eland race over 45 km's
The 2011 running of the Lake Eland super classic took place on Sunday 30 October and as usual was an amasing event. The 45km route had some of the best single track (about 35km's of it) that we have every ridden with steep descents and some technical rocky sections… the kind of terrain BMC's FourStroke was designed for.
Jaco Pelser not only won the Youth category on his BMC Fourstroke, but he also finished 3rd overall! Carlo Marzoppi finished 2nd in the Youth category on his BMC Fourstroke and an incredible 5th overall. With Alan Hatherly coming in 3rd in the Youth Category and 7th overall.
KZN has some of the best young Mountain Bike talent in South Africa and BMC South Africa is proud to be associated with them.
The 2012 BMC bikes are on their way
Damon Kalvari with his new BMC Speedfox SF02
BMC co-sponsored the very successful inaugural DCSR Misty Valley MTB Challenge recently and BMC riders dominated the podiums.
James Reid won the hotly contested 70km race, with Kyle Dorkin winning the 40km race.
The Vosloo girls took full advantage of local knowledge to dominate their respective age groups.
The 40km ladies race was won by Savannah Vosloo and Simone Vosloo coming in second. (Simone on the left and Savannah on the right)
The 20km ladies race was won by Safron Vosloo. At only 13 she did not give the other ladies any chance.
Savannah Vosloo finished 3rd overall (2nd in junior category) at the Nissan Trailseeker Down and Dirty 40km race.
James Reid writes about the course of the World Championship in Champery
U23 Men race on Thursday at 5pm. The course is not too steep - but it reminds me of one big root. It is super slippery when it is wet and you cannot hit those roots sideways. It's more technical than any other course I've ever ridden - but not scary technical, just tricky and there's a lot of it. There are two main climbs on the course - the longest of which is about 2 mins. There is one main drop, but it is nothing too serious. The main thing about Champery is the weather. It's high up in the mountains, so it can change at any time. If the weather changes and it starts raining then it will be chaos. These roots are like snakes in the wet. Personally I feel very confident. Although I don't have experience with this sort of course, thanks to my BMC FS01, I'm able to handle to roots well and feel confident in the trickiest sections.
Race Report from Val di Sole, Italy the last World Cup in 2011- Luke Roberts
“Well firstly, thanks for all the support back home. it really makes the biggest difference. well i had a good race i would say. my start was very poor as i slipped back to around 25 or 30 going into the first lap after the start loop. my bike was in perfectcondition thanks to the BMC mechanics, sylvan and gee. i wouldn't say I had a fantastic race but i was happy with my top 10result. the course was really hilly with around 4 really steep and long climbs ranging around 20%gradient. the descent were not very technical but nontheless still challenged the rider. I practiced the course for 4 days so i new it pretty well. it was impossible to do a slow lap on the course or keep your heart rate under160 bpm. my legs are feeling better and better every day so by world champs i would say my form would be at its peak. i haven't had a amazing two world cups but its the experience i have gained from racing them that will make the biggest difference at world champs, not the results i have gotten. I believe winning is all in the heart. so if you can believe it then you should let no one get in your way. A top 5 in Champery would be really amazing and i would be over the moon with a podium placing. I think I will like the Champery course so immediately i will be going into the event with a positive attitude. Of course if the track does not suit me, I will have to make it suit me and ride strong on the sections of course that are in my advantage and on the other sections just hold on and make sure I don't loose any places.
Don't Forget to read the blogs of our BMC riders
Jaco Pelser took part of the TOUR de Krantz:
“This past weekend it was the Tour de Krantz MTB Race. It was my 3rd time taking part in this event and as usual it was fantastic!” Read more..
Cross Country World Cup Italy
Our BMC guys did really well on their BMC Fourstroke bikes at the last XC World Cup in Italy!
James Reid came in at the 44th place at the under 23 category.
Luke Roberts finished 8th at the junior category.
Read more about the race preparation in James Reid's blog!