BMC Staff Picks; 16 Moments of 2016
2016 has been an intense year. We launched two new road bikes, the Roadmachine and the new Timemachine, and as always in the sport of cycling, triathlon, and mountain biking we lived the highs and lows together with our professional racing teams. From Greg Van Avermaet’s days in yellow and exhilarating success in Rio, to Julien’s disappointment in the same event, there were many things in between that made 2016 a very special year for us at BMC. Here are the sixteen top moments of 2016 from the people behind the teams and the bikes! Enjoy!
A Golden Teammachine for the Golden Boy
When Greg Van Avermaet was crowned champion in Rio we approached him with every rider’s dream: the opportunity to design his own Teammachine. The result? A bike that unabsashedly celebrates his absolute pride at having crossed the line in first place, on that day, in Rio, in a race that takes place only once every four years.
It's all about Swiss!
After a 20- year hiatus, Tag Heuer comes back to professional cycling sponsorship to step on board as the official time-keeper of the BMC Racing Team and BMC MTB Racing Team. Starting January 1st, 2017, Swiss avant-garde watchmaker TAG Heuer will be the Official Timekeeper of both BMC teams. Not only will BMC riders wear some serious hi-tech time-pieces but they will do so in style with Assos of Switzerland, the new official apparel provider of both teams.
Read the full story here.
Vallnord World Cup Finals
Julien turned around his immense disappointment with eighth place at the Olympic Games and mustered up the will and courage to defend his World Cup leader’s jersey at the World Cup finale in Vallnord, Andorra. We were so proud to stand on the podium again as the top MTB XCO team on the circuit for the fourth year in a row.
Read more about the World Cup Finals here.
Will Clarke Qualifies for the Ironman World Championships at Copenhagen IM
Will Clarke had his work cut out for him to qualify for the Ironman World Championships this summer. He had to go on a ‘Kona Qualifying Binge’, as he called it, and he did 3 races in 7 weeks to collect points to quality. When it came down to it, he showed he has what it takes by producing a sub-8 hour result that put him into the history books as the first British athlete to break that mark – and, in doing so, qualify for Kona!
Read more about Will’s Kona qualifying binge here.5. Vallnord World Cup Finals
The BMC Racing Team 2nd Place in the TTT at the World Championships
You can’t always win. That’s the nature of sport..and, after dominating the Team Time Trial event at the UCI World Championships for two years in a row, the BMC Racing Team had to be content this year with second best.
Read the full world championship story here.
Argentina – two Riders in top Ten
A week after the opening round of the EWS in Chile, the world’s top Enduro teams were in Bariloche, Argentina for two days of racing on its rough and dusty trails. Among the participants were a bunch of well-known downhill riders whose exceptional technical skills earned them top notch results. New BMC rider Lewis Buchanan was one of them. The Scottish rider who switched from Downhill mountain bike racing to Enduro this winter took advantage of the terrain to take seventh place in the overall classification after a remarkable second place in the second stage. François Bailly-Maître finished in 9th position. Incredible! For the first time ever, the BMC Factory Trailcrew had two riders in the top 10 of an Enduro World Series event - a promising result for the season start.
Interested in more? Go here.
Determination and Perseverance at the Vuelta a Espana
After no less than four days in the red jersey, and a stage win from Jempy Drucker (the first WorldTour win of his career) the BMC Racing Team took the team classification at the Vuelta de Espana. But it was hard fought for. With Samuel Sanchez and Philippe Gilbert crashing out and Tejay Van Gardern abandoning, the result was a testament to the depth of talent and perseverance among the remaining riders.
Read more about BMC Racing Team’s Vuelta succes here.
Ronnie Schildknecht wins IM Switzerland for a record-breaking NINTH time!
What does it take for someone to win an Ironman on home ground no less than nine times in his lifetime? That’s the question that has been asked of Ronnie Schildknecht, aka. Mr Ironman Switzerland, more times than he can remember. He is also the first man in the world to ever win an Ironman seven times in a row.
Read more about Ronnie’s unbelieveable success here.
World Cup Win la Bresse
Just 15km from his hometown, to an ecstatic audience of die-hard supporters Julien Absalon fought off his fellow countrymen nipping at his heels, and archrival, Nino Shurter, to triumph at la Bresse. The French hero took control of the race early after attacking Schurter in the second lap of the six-lap race. Increasingly confident with his downhill skills, and his Fourstroke 01 enhanced with a dropper seatpost, Absalon pushed Schurter to his limits on the long downhill section to win by almost one minute.
Want to read more? Check out the race report here.
The Teammachine SLR01 changes Color
For the first time in the history of the Teammachine, it changed color. Over the years, we preferred to leave the Teammachine naked, to show its true beauty by exposing the carbon weave with only a gloss for a finish. It was time for a change. The Teammachine’s new graphic concept reflects the influence of its Swiss heritage; a first look leaves the impression that it is clean, and almost minimalistic, but on closer inspection, its fine details betray the depth of thought and effort invested. We asked the BMC Racing Team to reveal their new Teammachines, on the day before the Tour de France was to commence.
Read more about your favorite team’s favorite race bike here.
The Tour de France comes to Bern
It's not often that the Tour de France rides past your doorstep. Although it didn’t quite pass the doorstep of the BMC Switzerland HQ in Grenchen, it did pass through Bern, only 25km from there. And what a day it was, beer and pommes for everyone!
Want to read more about Bern? Click here.
FBM opens the Enduro season with a win at Andes Pacifico in Chile
Latino vibes seem to work magic for François Bailly-Maitre as he triumphed over two of the best known riders in the enduro scene; Mark Scott and Jerome Clementz, to take an early season win at the Santa Cruz Andes Pacifico.
More Chilean enduro here.
An Epic of Swiss Proportion
After a slow start to his season which culminated in not making selection for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Lukas Flückiger made a come-back of huge proportions by winning the Swiss Epic stage race together with Reto Indergand. Taking in some of the best single-trail that Switzerland has to offer it was pure eye candy for mountain bikers!
Read all about the guys race here on our website.
A Kona Experience – Timemachine
The new aero weapon of choice for flat-back racers is without a doubt, the new Timemachine. Unveiled at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii…the fastest bike in the world got a technological makeover from F1 experts Sauber Engineering and a head to toe make-over from BMC engineers and designers, to ensure it is even faster than before. The new gen. Timemachine has been built to cater specifically to triathlete’s needs – such as position adjustability, integrated storage solutions and…of course the need to not just ride as fast as hell but to look it too!
Feast your eyes on our latest, newest aero machine: http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/timemachine
The One-bike Collection is Introduced
And now for something completely different! Building on the success of the award-winning Granfondo GF01, we put pen to paper, turned drawings into prototypes, and developed the successor for our beloved endurance bike – the Roadmachine. Not one to be pigeon-holed though, the Roadmachine is the bike to replace all of your road bikes…it is the ‘one-bike collection’. Launched in June in Ticino with our star ambassador Cadel Evans in attendance.
Haven’t had enough Roadmachine fever? Then read all about it here on our website.
Greg Van Avermaet Takes Yellow at the Tour de France
One year after he claimed his first victory at the Tour de France in stage 13 to Rodez by outsprinting Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet took the yellow jersey on Stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de France after a brilliant solo win at le Lioran. GVA remained in yellow until Stage 8. We showed our support from the BMC HQ in Switzerland.
Read more about Greg's victory here on the BMC Racing Team's website.