Swiss bike racing legend, Olympian and World Champion Roger Rinderknecht has announced his official retirement from racing (at the ripe “old” age of 31). Roger rides for BMC/SR Suntour and he is going out on top, Roger is the reigning UCI World Champion in 4X. Besides 4X, Roger also represented Switzerland during the 2012 Summer Olympics for BMX racing. Although retiring from competition, that doesn’t mean Roger will be retired entirely. He will soon start his new position as the Swiss BMX National Coach. Since hanging up his race bikes, Roger spends time on his BMC fourstroke 29er in places like Giverola, Spain. While we will miss seeing Roger compete in venues like the Sea Otter Classic, Mtbr.com wishes RR13 congratulations and a Happy Retirement! Like the song says, “see you on the flip side”.
Here is the official congratulations from BMC:
BMC Congratulates Roger Rinderknecht on a Successful Career
Last September, in his last-ever race, Roger Rinderknecht ended his career In world-class fashion by becoming World Champion. BMC is proud to have been part of this incredible success with the 4X and BMX athlete.
A gentleman and perfectionist
Throughout his career Roger was a much-respected rider, not just because of his World Cup wins and World Championship medals, but also because of his attitude. Friends and competitors alike described Roger as a gentleman and one of the most calculating athletes in the sport. Roger’s close attention to details and perfectionism aligned perfectly with the values of BMC. As such, he had significant influence on the development of BMC mountain bikes ensuring that BMC could compete at every level in every discipline of cycling.
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Traces of a successful career
Roger’s World Championship title in Leogang (AUT) constitutes the high point of his career. But the Zurich native reflects on a very successful career as a BMX and 4X racer. In BMX, the two-time Olympian won 4 National titles (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and the European Championships in 2003. In addition to BMX, Roger made his mark in 4X racing by becoming National Champion in 2004, European Championship silver medallist in 2009, and three-time World Championship runner-up in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Retired but still there
Roger is stepping-down from the racing gates, but he intends to pass his knowledge and experience onto future generations. Roger will assume the role of Switzerland’s National BMX Trainer. Even though he is now retired from active racing, Roger will continue riding his beloved trails. To enjoy those trails even more, BMC provided Roger a fourstroke FS02 trailcrew edition that perfectly matches his riding style. We are convinced that Roger’s racing spirit will continue to shine through, and that he will use his skills to attack local trails just as he did 4X and BMX tracks all over the world.
Acknowledgement of a great friend
We are pleased to announce that Roger will stay closely connected with the brand. To celebrate Roger’s final success, BMC will create a limited edition version of his BMC RR13 4X bike. For those who want to ride a World Champion’s bike, stay tuned; the bike will hit shops in spring, 2013. BMC thanks Roger for his work on the racetrack and in product development, and for his friendship. BMC looks back on an outstanding career with a special video.
About BMC Switzerland
The BMC Group consists of three brands: Bergamont, Stromer and BMC. We share the same passion for bikes as a sport and as an industry. It’s our aim to meet all cycling needs with all kinds of bikes, from time trial bikes, children’s bikes, and ebikes to downhill machines, so that everyone can discover the joy of cycling. That’s what makes BMC Switzerland.
source: Adrian Zahnd, Marketing Coordinator
You can keep track of Roger’s current undertakings at his personal website: www.rogerrinderknecht.com