BMC Racing Teams Unite in Alicante, Spain
When the world’s best road cyclists, mountain bikers and triathletes meet, the topic of conversation isn’t always cycling!
It’s not unusual to see a colorful mix of professional cycling team jerseys in Alicante during the winter months. The type of mix one usually only sees on a television screen during the summer. Alicante is an enviable winter training destination for many professional cycling teams. However, what really turned heads this past December in Alicante was not so much the mix of teams, but the mix of BMC racing team athletes from triathlon, cross-country and enduro mountain biking on the roads leading to the Col de Rates, Denia, and Calpe.
Over two weeks, BMC teams stayed in Alicante. While the BMC Racing Team stayed at the Marriot la Sella in Denia for a longer camp and team presentation, the other BMC racing teams stayed in Altea, about 40km up the coast. BMC sees its racing teams as one big extended family. Getting all four teams together in Alicante was the perfect setting for the athletes to get to know each other better and share tips about training and racing. the perfect setting for the athletes to get to know each other and share anecdotes and tips about racing and training. There were plenty of puzzled looks as Kerstin Kögler explained what enduro mountain bike races are like to the road teams. Riding BMC bikes wasn’t the only thing athletes had in common, Romain Guillame discovered he lives very close to Philippe Gilbert and Julien Absalon - they plan to meet up to train together. Some other interesting facts came out into the open – such as Martin Fanger’s passion for the Chinese martial art Qigong and learning French.
The early bird gets the worm...
Over the course of the week there were many early mornings. Athletes crawled out of bed to grab quick breakfasts and drive to spectacular locations for photoshoots in time for sunrise. Its not always about the bike!
You have to take the good with the bad!
You fall you get up, you fall again, you get up again. Francois Bailly-Maître had a little tumble during an action photoshoot. No damage done, he dusted himself off and swung a leg over the bike again to continue as normal.
It wouldn't be mountain biking were it not for some thrills and spills - its all part of the game.
BMC is the only bike brand in the world to title sponsor four professional racing teams; a World Tour road cycling team, a cross-country MTB, Enduro MTB and a professional triathlon – making its investment in sports marketing the most significant of any cycling brand. This commitment has led to the creation of teams that have produced numerous world class performances; such as winning the Tour de France in 2011 and numerous World Championship gold medals; MTB XCO in 2014, the world title in the Team TTT in 2014 and 2015, and the World Elite Road Race title in 2012.