DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — It's not at all clear what kind of "commute" a pro road racer has, but nevertheless the BMC Racing Team this week has been outfitted with what are possibly the WorldTour's only official team commuter bikes, the BMC urbanchallenge with Gates belt-drive drivetrains.
“The BMC urbanchallenges are fantastic because you can just hop on and go without having to worry about cleaning or lubing a chain,” said Kate Ochowicz, the team's marketing director.
The bikes will be on team trucks in Europe and the United States for the second straight season. Team racers getting new bikes in 2013 include Tejay van Garderen and Marco Pinotti, along with staff members including mechanics, communications and marketing and management executives.
“This partnership with BMC Racing Team is great for Gates Carbon Drive because it exposes our technology to a large audience of racing fans who may be seeking commuter bikes for their daily life,” said Greg Vigil, VP of Marketing for Gates. “We hope that when race fans and road cyclists shop for a commuter bike they will consider the low-maintenance and clean advantages of Carbon Drive and purchase a BMC urbanchallenge.”