January 16, 2018
Orca Partner with BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team
Wetsuit, swimwear and apparel brand Orca announces today they have signed a three-year partnership to work with the BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace. The team, which consists of eight of the best professional triathletes in the world today, will use Orca’s most technologically advanced wetsuits, swimskins and goggles for racing. The athletes will also use Orca’s cutting edge swimwear and swim aids, including snorkels and paddles, for all of their training needs.
The BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team, which is made up of Bart Aernouts (BEL), Liz Blatchford (AUS), Will Clarke (UK), Maurice Clavel (GER), Chris Leiferman (USA), Patrick Nilsson (SWE), Emma Pallant (UK) and Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI), are the leading squad of athletes in the sport of triathlon. Each athlete has a deep résumé of results (see below) on the world stage and collectively will be competing at over 50 world class events throughout the 2018 season.
The collaboration is ideal with both Orca and the BMC-Vifit Sport Team being at the top of their game and leading the way in triathlon. It will provide the team with the advantage of using the best swim equipment available, while supplying Orca with valuable feedback from the finest athletes in the sport using their equipment in the most demanding training and race situations.
Bob De Wolf, CEO of the BMC-Vifit Sport Team, said: “We are pleased to start working with Orca as our dedicated wetsuit and swimwear partner. The BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace stands for professionalism and top performance. The team’s vision and philosophy is to offer the best possible professional support for our athletes with the ultimate goal to optimise their performances. This can only be achieved through the commitment and contributions of our sponsors and partners.
Orca will provide our athletes with best in class wetsuits, swimwear, goggles and swim accessories. The premium quality and technical superiority of the Orca product range in combination with their good looking design, suits our premium team identity and the professionalism we look for in our partnerships. We are therefore grateful and proud to start working with Orca and looking forward to our partnership for the next three seasons.”
Aran Tapiador, Orca’s marketing manager, said: “It is an exciting partnership for both Orca and BMC-Vifit Sport Team. The team will get to use the best swim products available in triathlon and in return we will not only receive exclusive feedback from the best triathletes in the sport, but it will allow Orca to join them on the podium at most prestigious events on the world circuit."
About BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team Powered by Uplace
In 2010 the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team was created as the only Belgian professional triathlon team at the time. The goal was to record top Belgian results in international triathlon. In the following years it evolved into an international team that raced across the globe. Since 2014 the BMC-Vifit Sport athletes have won a total of 65 races and finished on the podium in 136 of them. The team today is one of the leading and most ambitious projects in professional triathlon. It contains eight world-class athletes who will race at over 50 events on the world circuit in 2018.
The BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team
Bart Aernouts (BEL): winner Challenge Roth 2017, winner Ironman Lanzarote 2017, three-time top 10 Ironman World Championship Hawaii, 12-time Ironman 70.3 winner, Ironman 70.3 European Champion 2014.
Liz Blatchford (AUS): two-time podium finisher at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii (3rd Ironman WC Hawaii 2015 & 2013), three-time Ironman Cairns winner, multiple Ironman 70.3 distance winner.
Will Clarke (UK): multiple Ironman 70.3 winner, one of the fastest British athletes at Ironman distance (7:59 IM Copenhagen, 7:59 IM Texas), Beijing Olympian 2008, top 10 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Maurice Clavel (GER): 6th Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2017, 3rd Challenge Roth 2017, vice European Champion Ironman 70.3 2014, multiple 70.3 distance winner.
Chris Leiferman (USA): winner Ironman Mont Tremblant 2016, winner Ironman 70.3 Austin, second Ironman 70.3 Oceanside 2017.
Patrik Nilsson (SWE): Four-time Ironman winner, twice finished in sub-8 hours at Ironman in 2016, winner Ironman Copenhagen 2016, winner Ironman Barcelona 2016, winner Ironman 70.3 Barcelona 2016, 3rd Ironman European Championship in 2017, 8th Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2017.
Emma Pallant (UK): Vice world champion Ironman 70.3 in 2017, world champion Aquathlon 2017, two-time duathlon world champion, winner Ironman 70.3 Barcelona 2017, winner Challenge Gran Canaria 2017, winner Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh 2017.
Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI): 11-time Ironman winner, winner Ironman Switzerland 2016, 4th Ironman World Championship Hawaii, 9-time Ironman Switzerland winner.