The Team 50 Years of F1 Experience
We are No.1 in Aerodynamics
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 Team
Patrick Lange (32 years old from Bad Wildungen in Germany) 2017 and 2018 Ironman World Champion. He became the first athlete to break the magic 8-hour mark of the Ironman World Championship course in Kona (07h 52min 39sec). Swiss Side works closely with Patrick, to optimize his aerodynamics to make him even faster. Check out the special Project 101, that was done in collaboration with Swiss Side, Canyon and Sauber Engineering with the aim to break the 8-hour make at the 2018 World Championship race in Kona.
Daniela Ryf (DT Swiss Aerodynamics by Swiss Side)
Daniela Ryf (31 years old from Rumisberg, Switzerland), Ironman World Champion in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Ironman 70.3. World Champion in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Daniela rides DT Swiss wheels and takes advantage from the partnership of DT Swiss & Swiss Side – the leading experts in aerodynamics.
Raelert Brothers: Andreas Raelert
Andreas Raelert (42 years old from Rostock, Germany) world record holder in the full distance Ironman triathlon from 2011- 2016, second fastest ever over the full distance, two-time Olympian and five-time Kona podium finisher. For this legendary athlete, Swiss Side put their entire Formula 1 aero know-how to use to develop the fastest triathlon time trial bike in the world, together with his bike sponsor Cube.
Raelert brothers: Michael Raelert
Michael Raelert (38 years old from Rostock, Germany) multiple 70.3 Ironman World Champion and European Champion as well as world record holder in the 70.3 Ironman since 2009. Michael provides a wealth of experience and inputs for our product development process to ensure that he gets to ride the fastest wheels on the market.
Laura Philipp (31 years old from Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany) 2018 Ironman Barcelona winner with a new course record and new German long-distance record! 2017 Bronze Medalist at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships as well as at the XTERRA World Championships (off-road triathlon). 2016 German Champion and Vice-European Champion in triathlon middle distance. Laura’s talent for triathlon was quickly recognized. In 2012 she became part of the ERDINGER Alkoholfrei Perspective Team and only 3 years later she stepped it up to the Pro Team. We are confident to see a lot more of this amazing lady.
Maurice Clavel (31 years old from Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany) is the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Vichy Winner as well as 3rd place at Ironman South Africa 2018. Maurice on Swiss Side: "Like no other company, Swiss Side stands for innovation and advancement in the aerodynamics of wheels. The will to push the limits of what is possible every day and to improve performance is what unites us. I am very proud and grateful to be a part of the Swiss Side family in the future.” His targets for 2019 are Hawaii Quali, then in Kona to be within the Top 10 and win every race in which he participates.
Andreas Dreitz (30 years old from Lichtenfels, Germany). With more than ten 70.3 triathlon victories, Andi took the victory at the Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden 2016 to claim European Champion title. In 2017, a new chapter of Andi’s career began as he started his first full-length Ironman in Italy and was rewarded immediately with a victory. One year later, he showed his promise and performed well at Ironman World Championships Hawaii with a 13th place finish. For 2019, he looks to continue his mission to compete and win the Ironman World Championship in Kona.
Daniela Bleymehl (30 years old from Darmstadt, Germany), 2018 Challenge Roth winner 2018 Ironman Italy winner. In 2017 Daniela took the victory at Ironman Hamburg and in 2015 at Ironman Mallorca. Part of the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Sämmler is one of the top ladies in long distance triathlon. With Daniela, Swiss Side is adding a strong cyclist to the pro team. Swiss Side will be engaging the entire engineering team's aero knowledge from Formula 1 racing, to ensure she has even faster bike-splits in the future. With the ticket for Kona 2019 in hand, the preparations for the Ironman Wold Championship race already started!
Julia Gajer (36 years old from Hannover, Germany), 2016 Ironman North American Champion and 2015 Ironman Vice-European Champion. Julia represents the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei. Aiming for the Ironman World Championship podium in Kona, Swiss Side works closely with her to aerodynamically optimize her entire bike-rider system in order to reduce drag and save time and power on the bike leg.
ERDINGER Alkoholfrei Perspective Team
Swiss Side partnered with the highly respected Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei of Germany. Swiss Side supplies all athletes of the ERDINGER Perspective Team with the aerodynamically optimized Swiss Side wheels, and the members of the community will be able to take advantage of exclusive wheel deals. With Swiss Side’s unmatched aero know-how Swiss Side professional triathlon athletes Patrick Lange, Andreas & Michael Raelert, Julia Gajer, Laura Philipp, Daniela Bleymehl, Andreas Dreitz and the entire ERDINGER Alkoholfrei family will be chasing best times.
The 2019 ERDINGER Perspective Team includes Anna-Lena Pohl, Fabian Günther, Lea-Sophie Keim and Frederic Funk (from left).
Nicole & Lothar Leder
Lothar Leder (47 years old from Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany), won numerous Ironman and finished third at the Ironman World Championships 1997 and 1998. His wife and former triathlete, Nicole Leder (47 years old from Duisburg Germany), won four Ironman long distances in her career. Today, they coach training camps, where our Swiss Side wheels can be tested.