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Swiss Side wheels are enginereed and designed in Switzerland, making no compromises in quality, focusing on delivering the ultimate in performance at a fair and affordable price.
Swiss Side Team
In our small team, with a diverse range consisting of over 8 nationalities from Switzerland to the USA to Australia, we are a genuinely international crew.
The Swiss Side team has also been handpicked to consist of like-minded, innovative, driven people from diverse industries all drawn together by a passion for cycling and our love for getting out into nature. And most of all, to have fun doing it!
CEO & Co-Founder
Jean-Paul Ballard heads up Swiss Side, bringing the ultimate team together to revolutionize the cycling industry with the most aerodynamic and innovative products, developed with over 50 years of Formula 1 racing experience.
CEO and co-founder of Swiss Side, Jean-Paul spent 14 years as a lead engineer in Formula 1 motor racing teams. As the Head of Concept Design for the complete F1 car project at the Sauber F1 team, Jean-Paul re-directed his career in 2014 to dedicate himself full time to his young company and brand Swiss Side.
He brings the latest technologies, top level engineering know-how and people with him to ensure the highest level for Swiss Side’s engineering capability. "We push the boundaries of design, construction, materials and aerodynamics to bring cycling wheels into a new era."
Swiss Side Pro Athletes Team
The 36-year-old is not only the 2017 and 2018 Ironman World Champion, but also became the first athlete to break the magic 8-hour mark in this race (07h 52min 39sec). A record that Swiss Side and partners had been working on with Patrick in Project 101. The aerodynamic optimization work with Patrick is ongoing – and very successful: In 2021 (Tulsa, USA) and 2022 (Israel) he won several Ironman races, as well as Challenge Roth in 2021.
Daniela Ryf (DT Swiss Aerodynamics by Swiss Side)
The 35-year-old athlete from Solothurn, Switzerland, has already won five Ironman World Champion titles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022) as well as five Ironman 70.3. World Championships (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019). As a DT-Swiss athlete, she benefits from their cooperation with Swiss Side, which reflects in a whole series of race wins in the last few years. Swiss Side and Daniela did aerodynamic tests in the wind tunnel together to adjust on the triathlon bike regarding her seating position, which helmet is most aerodynamic, as well as bottle positions.
The German town of Heidelberg is home to the 35-year-old athlete, but race-wise, the whole world is her playground, and the number of Ironman 70.3 wins confirms that: 17 times overall! Also, she won 4 Ironman world cups in her career. Furthermore, she is the current Ironman World record holder with a time of just 8:20 hours. Not to forget that in 2021 Laura was the Ironman European Champion and 3 years before (2018) she won Ironman Barcelona with a new course record.
Challenge Roth is a triathlon monument and winning it is something special. Even more so if you are a local hero, just as the 34-year-old Franconian Pro Triathlete from Lichtenfels, Germany. Andreas fulfilled his
dream of winning the legendary Challenge Roth back in 2019. Furthermore, he has more than ten 70.3 triathlon victories under his belt, he took the victory at Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden 2016 which made him European Champion. In 2017, he won his long-distance debut at Ironman Italy. As a strong cyclist, Andi benefits
from Swiss Side’s aerodynamic expertise and provides important input for our work.
Jan van Berkel
The 36-year-old from Bülach, Switzerland, has left his mark on his home race by winning Ironman Switzerland three times in a row. In the 2021 season, he was runner-up at the Ironman race in Tulsa (USA). In 2022 he could decide on the Inferno Triathlon in Mürren, Swiss, for himself and stood on the podium at the Ironmen Mexico as 2nd. To ensure that his success story continues, and Jan achieves his professional goals Swiss Side supports him with the number one aerodynamic wheels and professional aero optimization.
Before giving longer distances a try in 2021, the 38-year-old from Kristianstad, Sweden was a very successful Olympic distance triathlete and cyclist. She won, among others, 2 ITU World Triathlon Championship titles, and an Olympic medal. Then she nailed her long-distance debut at Ironman Lake Placid and won the Challenge Salou a few months later. In 2022 Lisa finished at Ironman St. George and Ironman Hawaii, on top of that she became 2nd at the Ironman Mexico at the end of season 2022. Swiss Side is proud to be partnering with the Swedish triathlon icon and supporting her with the number one aerodynamic wheels.
Motherhood and top performance go together quite well as the 34-year-old athlete from Darmstadt, Germany, has proved quite impressive in the past years. Not only at Challenge Roth, Ironman Italy, Ironman 70.3 Zell am See – and this was just the 2018/1 season. In 2022 she won the Ironman Frankfurt and the Ironman Africa Championship. Swiss Side is proud to work with such a powerful female triathlon athlete and is aiming to create a great combination of technological and human performance with Daniela.
2021 has been the 30-year-old athlete’s most successful year so far. The pro triathlete from Stockholm, Sweden, won Ironman Lake Placid, finished second at Ironman Austria, and third in Dubai and South Africa. In 2022 Swiss Side and Rasmus did a lot of testing in the wind tunnel to improve his aerodynamic position on the triathlon bike. The outcome was information that he and his team could work with to make him just as fast as possible. Swiss Side is very excited to have Rasmus on the team as an ambassador of the brand.
The 34-year-old from St. Étienne, France, debuted in Ironman racing back in 2011, after graduating in civil engineering. He collected his first win in 2014 and showed that he has not lost his force in all the years after by winning several Ironman 70.3. In 022 he finished first at the Ironman in Germany and a year before as well in Austria. A special year was 2022 as he achieved his personal best time at the Ironman distance – after optimizing his aerodynamics on the triathlon bike
together with Swiss Side. In 2022 he also won the Ironman Frankfurt thanks to his notorious running best time. We are proud to engage in this partnership and will support him on his way to race success and aerodynamic excellence
Just one year after turning pro, the 26-year-old athlete from Pouilley Les Vignes, France, won her first race at Ironman 70.3 Les Sables D’Olonne in 2020. Runner-up at Ironman Mallorca 2021 and third place at Ironman Lanzarote 2021 were further steps on her path to pro triathlon success. Lots of triathlon wins in 2022 made Swiss Side a proud partner to look forward to working with her.
The 34-year-old Swiss triathlete from Rüegsau is a member of the Swiss national team, focusing mainly on Olympic distance racing. He’s got five Swiss Championship titles under his belt, won the silver medal at the European Championships 2018 in the Mixed Relay category, and competed and finished successfully at different Ironman 70.3 under top ten results in 2021/2022.
Raelert Brothers: Andreas Raelert
Swiss Side and the Raelert Brothers had and have a very successful and long-lasting partnership. Together lots of hours were spent in the wind tunnel for testing aero positions on the triathlon bikes, optimizing their equipment, as well as providing the most aerodynamic wheels on the market to the two athletes. Thanks to that they have won several Ironman Championships, European Championships, and World titles as well as personal record times. Swiss Side put their entire Formula 1 aero know-how to use to develop the fastest triathlon time trial bike in the world for Andreas, together with his bike sponsor Cube.
ERDINGER Alkoholfrei Perspective Team
Swiss Side has been a proud partner of the Erdinger alcohol-free Perspective Team from Germany since 2017. This includes young triathlon athletes which compete on different levels and age groups. Swiss Side supplies the athletes with aerodynamically optimized Swiss Side wheels. Furthermore, all members of the Erdinger alcohol-free community will be offered exclusive wheel deals. With Swiss Side’s unmatched aero know-how, we can make sure that professional triathletes like team members Patrick Lange, Andreas & Michael Raelert, Daniela Bleymehl, Andreas Dreitz, and the entire Erdinger alcohol-free family are set for chasing record times.