INTRODUCING TEAM BMC
BMC has been one of the top cross-country bikes in the world for years. BMC sponsored Julian Absalon when he was dominating World Cup XC racing for over ten years. Julian still holds the record, now shared with Nino Schurter, for the most Elite Men’s World Cup XC wins (33) in a career, along with the record of having won two Olympic gold medals in mountain biking (2004 and 2008). Here’s the official news release on the BMC team for 2023, as announced by BMC.
BMC Switzerland Announces Team BMC, the First MTB XC Pro Factory Team in the Brand’s History.
Team BMC manager Amaël Moinard and Sports Director Alex Moos are confident in achieving multiple podiums this season.
The team is supported by a strong set of industry-leading partners including Öhlins, Pirelli, SRAM, ABUS, and ASSOS of Switzerland.
BMC have been at the pinnacle of MTB XC racing for over a decade, won World Championships and World Cups, securing European and National titles, as well as being ranked the top UCI MTB XC World Cup team for several consecutive years.
This season, BMC is pleased to announce its first MTB XC pro factory team ownership. Having been at the forefront of professional cycling and supporting young talents on their way to becoming stars of the sport, Team BMC ignites a new era for the Swiss bike company.
Team BMC manager and ex-professional road rider – Amaël Moinard, feels confident to have the team climbing the podiums this season. While Steffi Häberlin secures BMC presence at the very peak of Women’s XC, the whole team – including returning World Champion Jordan Sarrou, Titouan Carod, Juri Zanotti and U23 hopeful Janis Baumann – starts the new season on the back of spectacular victories.
2023 sees the team racing aboard the World Championship winning platforms; Fourstroke 01 and Twostroke 01, in both the U23 and Elite fields. The latest iteration of the legendary Fourstroke 01 is the go-to machine to perform at the highest level with revolutionary technologies, such as BMC Autodrop.
Team BMC Partners
Team BMC is supported by a strong set of valued partners including Öhlins, Pirelli, SRAM, ABUS and ASSOS. Together they will push the boundaries of XC World Cup racing, championing professionalism and sportsmanship, on and off the track.
Amaël Moinard said: “Suspension setup and functionality play a major role in winning modern cross-country races. We are delighted to be partnering with Öhlins – masters in tuning and suspension design. Market-leading high-end components from SRAM and innovative race-proven tires from Pirelli further set the team up for victory, with ASSOS of Switzerland and ABUS supplying top-quality apparel and helmets, ensuring all the performance requirements of the world’s best riders are met with style.”
Ready for Victory.
2023 sees Team BMC enter the quest for the World Champion title, World Cup wins and the road to Olympic medals on the international MTB XC circuit. A strong team with a great mix of young talent, World Champions, experienced BMC riders and athletes new to the brand make for an exciting start to the journey.
Amaël Moinard and Team BMC Sport Director, Alex Moos, look forward to kicking off the racing season at the esteemed race in Banyoles, Spain, on their way to the World Cup in Nove Mesto, in May 2023.
Meet Team BMC Riders
CH 25 Elite W
A top ten World Cup athlete with strong performances in the Cross-Country marathon world, Steffi Häberlin is ready to attack 2023 World Cup top ten results alongside her medical studies.
FRA 28 Elite M
The 2020 World Championship bronze medalist and World Cup Stage winner has proven to be a stellar all-rounder.
FRA 30 Elite M
World Champion on BMC, Cape Epic winner and one of the most solid riders in the XC World Cup. Jordan Sarrou is sure to celebrate his comeback to Team BMC with top performances.
ITA 24 Elite M
Juri Zanotti is a pure racing talent from Italy. The young rider entered the Elite category in 2022, after winning the 2021 Italian National Championships and taking silver at the World and European Championships.
CH 20 U23 M
The Swiss super talent already proved his capabilities with several medals in World and European championships. Baumann’s goal is to constantly grow as a rider and perform at the highest level of the sport.
Sports Director Alex Moos
Team BMC manager Amaël Moinard
Praise from Team BMC Partners
“At BMC we are proud to launch this new project with premium performance partners joining us on our quest to create speed, at the highest level of the sport. This important next step in the BMC racing history motivates us to give only our absolute best, from product development to now team ownership, our ambition remains resolute – provide the best possible setup to world-class athletes.” David Zurcher, BMC Group CEO
The BMC Fourstroke 01 Team Edition
“We are really looking forward to collaborating with BMC and this exciting new project. Öhlins has a long and successful background in motorsport and mountain bike racing but this is the first time we have ventured into cross-country racing. We believe that together with BMC and their top athletes we can supply and develop next-generation, race-winning products.” Torkel Sintorn, MTB Racing and Concept Director of Öhlins
“We couldn’t miss the opportunity to join such an ambitious project, to engage our best athletes and partners, and involve them in our product development. The established methodology we call “continuous development” comes from decades of racing culture and testing protocols. To now apply this to the high level of partners BMC has brought together is going to be exciting. It opens up new perspectives for our technicians and for our new Italian factory in Bollate, which is targeting the MTB World Cup for the next generation of Scorpion MTB tires.” Samuele Bressan Global Marketing Manager of the Cyling Division of Pirelli
“We are extremely pleased that ABUS, as exclusive helmet sponsor, will make an important contribution to further victories of the Swiss racing team. With BMC and ABUS, two professional high-end brands are working together. We are convinced that the partnership with BMC will strengthen our position and reputation in the Swiss specialist bike trade in the long term. ABUS France will also be able to benefit from the expected strong performances of the French riders, especially at the 2024 Olympics in their own country.” Christian Maag, Managing Director of ABUS Switzerland
“Our team is very excited about the partnership with BMC Racing. Competitive cycling is in our DNA, and we continue to work behind the scenes every day to create solutions for the racing athlete. With BMC, we have a partner who not only shares our mindset of winning but also developing future cycling technology.” Roche Maier, Créateur, Brand and Product Chief at ASSOS
Partners of Team BMC
Team BMC Partners