Born and raised in the picturesque lakeside town of Richterswil, Ruedi was naturally drawn to the great outdoors. Downhill skiing was the predominant sport of his youth, but his summer endurance training between ski seasons gradually became his principal passion. He competed in his first triathlon at the tender age of 12, and soon earned a Junior Swiss Championship, the first of 17 national titles he has claimed at the youth, junior, U23 and elite levels.
Ruedi turned pro in 2001 and proceeded to score a memorable second place at the Duathlon European Championships in Portugal. Three years — and a lot of swimming practise — later, he claimed the U23 European Triathlon Championship in Sofia.
This marked the beginning of a lofty goal for Ruedi: Representing Switzerland at the Olympics in triathlon. After numerous international podiums at Ironman 70.3 and 5150, World Cup and Challenge competitions, Ruedi realized his dream when he competed in the London 2012 Games.
AN IRONMAN STAR IS BORN
Always seeking a new challenge, Ruedi focused on Ironman and Challenge events in the wake of the Olympics. By 2014 he was topping podiums, notably at Thailand’s Challenge Laguna Phuket, which he would win again the following year by knocking nearly eight minutes off his 2014 result on his Cervélo P5. He would score his first Ironman 70.3 victory on home turf — in Rapperswil — in 2015, and then carried this momentum into 2016 when he claimed the Ironman 70.3 Italy title along with 5150 titles in Zürich and Abu Dhabi.
What does 2017 hold for Mr. Consistency? After racing in his first Ironman World Championship on the P5X in 2016, Ruedi has acquired an appetite for “a big title.”
There’s more to the ultimate triathlon bike than blowing benchmarks away. For the first time in Cervélo’s history — for the first time in history, period — the unique needs of every triathlete, whether training, racing or travelling, are truly front and centre.
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