The Team 50 Years of F1 Experience
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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 Team
Patrick Lange (33 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). In 2019 he won the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship Vietnam with a new course record. Swiss Side works closely with Patrick, to optimize his aerodynamics to make him even faster including Project 101, which Swiss Side, Canyon and Sauber Engineering carried out together, with the aim to break the 8-hour make at the 2018 World Championship race in Kona. A goal that is also on the agenda for 2020.
Daniela Ryf (DT Swiss Aerodynamics by Swiss Side)
Daniela Ryf (32 years old from Rumisberg, Switzerland), Ironman World Champion in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Ironman 70.3. World Champion in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, was again very successful in the past season: 1st place at Ironman 70.3 California and Switzerland, victory at Ironman Texas and Austria as well as at Time Triathlon Alpe d'Huez and Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon. 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 (43 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, who won the 2019 Nordpokal State Championship in Schwerin, 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 (39 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. In 2019 he took first places at the Tweet Coast Enduro and the Raby Bay Long Course in Australia as well as the second place at each, the Chiemsee Triathlon and the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. 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 (32 years old from Heidelberg, 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). Past year she made her Hawaii debut and finished fourth - she also made it to the top of the podium of Triathlon Buschütten and Ironman 70.3 Marbella. 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 (32 years old from Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany) won Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl in 2019, came in as runner-up at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia and thus once again showed that he is a fighter. In 2018, he won Ironman 70.3 Vichy and furthermore took 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.” His targets for 2020 are Hawaii Quali, then in Kona to be within the Top 10 and win every race in which he participates.
Andreas Dreitz (31 years old from Lichtenfels, Germany) fulfilled his dream of winning the legendary Challenge Roth in 2019 and won the Ironman 70.3 Marbella. 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 2020, he looks to continue his mission to compete and win the Ironman World Championship in Kona.
Daniela Bleymehl (31 years old from Darmstadt, Germany), showed her strength in 2019 especially in halft distance races, e. g. by winning Ironman 70.3 Zell am See, Challenge Geraardsbergen and Challenge Heilbronn. In 2018 she won Challenge Roth and Ironman Italy. In 2017 Daniela took the victory at Ironman Hamburg and in 2015 at Ironman Mallorca. Part of the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Bleymehl 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.
Jan van Berkel
Jan van Berkel (34, from Bülach, Switzerland) has left his mark on his home race by winning Ironman Switzerland two times in a row. To ensure that the eleventh-placed athlete of the 2019 Ironman World Championship achieves his goal to finish in the top ten of the world this year on Hawaii (or even on the podium), Swiss Side supports the Swiss athlete with fast wheels and aero optimization.
Philipp Koutny (37, from Basel, Switzerland) lives and loves triathlon. He has been competing in long distance races since 2013 - initially very successfully as an age grouper. Since 2016 he has had a professional license; and performs just as strong in races: In 2019, e. g., he finished third at the Cannes International Triathlon, second at Ironman Malaysia with a new bike record, won the Zug Triathlon and finished eighth at the Ironman World Championship. A very powerful athlete from the home country of Swiss Side, who we are looking forward to supporting with our aero know-how and top wheels in 2020.
Frederic Funk (23, from Munich, Germany) was at the starting line as a member of the Erdinger Alkoholfrei Perspektiv Team last year. Thanks to strong performances such as his victory at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, he moved up to the Erdinger Pro Team in 2020. This means that this season he will again be racing and training on Swiss Side wheels, but in addition to this will also benefit from the aero advice of our experts. It is no surprise that he says: "I am excited to see what the new year will bring."
Yvan Jarrige (29, from Rouen, France) expands the Swiss Side professional team to France, making it even more international. And faster! Yvan is not only strong in middle distance racing, which he proved with his victory at Ironman 70.3 Rio de Janeiro in 2019. He is also very aero-affine, which is why we are very confident that our cooperation will lead to a smooth transition to long-distance triathlon in 2020.
Svenja Thoes (29, from Neunkirchen, Germany) discovered triathlon when she won a slot for Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in a raffle. A fateful coincidence, because she immediately took second place in her age group and crowned her age group career with a victory at the Ironman World Championship on Hawaii. Since 2017, she has been racing as a professional, she won Ironman Cozumel, the Challenge Sardinia and conquered several podium places at Ironman 70.3 races. Our aero know-how does not only accompany her in form of her wheels, but also can be found in her Cube Aerium, which Swiss Side co-developed. Therefore, her dream for 2020 to win another Ironman race is bound to pick up a lot of speed. Preferably it will be the one on Hawaii.
Nicole & Lothar Leder
Lothar Leder (48 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 (48 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.
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, Frederic Funk, Laura Philipp, Daniela Bleymehl, Andreas Dreitz and the entire ERDINGER Alkoholfrei family will be chasing best times.
The 2020 ERDINGER Perspective Team includes Anna-Lena Pohl, Fabian Günther and Lea-Sophie Keim (from left).