The team of the Tour de Suisse introduces itself
Function: General Manager
Involved since: 2012 as Sector Head of Start
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because I grew up with cycle racing and it's a great honour to play a part in the Tour de Suisse; because I really enjoy organising a cool event with my fantastic team; because I'm convinced that we can generate even more interest among the population for Switzerland's biggest sporting event.
Function: Technical Director
Involved since: 2006
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: As a former professional cyclist, I wanted to keep up my connections with the sport. Helping to organise this major event fascinates me.
Function: Sports Director
Involved since: 2012
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: The Tour de Suisse allows me to combine my passion and my job.
Function: Project Coordinator
Involved since: 2009
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: It's unbelievably exciting to be able to organise the biggest sporting event in Switzerland with such a fantastic organisation. When you see the passion of the assistants, the euphoria of the fans and the sporting bests achieved by the riders, you know what you've spent all year working for!
Jolanda van de Graaf
Function: Media office
Involved since: 2015
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: For me, there's nothing better than combining my fascination for cycle racing with my extensive experience as a journalist and communications manager.
Function: Head of Neutral Race Service
Involved since: 2010
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because I enjoy cycle racing and being part of the most beautiful tour. You get to meet up with old acquaintances and exchange information on what is new and exciting.
Function: Head of Accommodation
Involved since: 2006
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: The Tour de Suisse is a logistical challenge for everyone. I love the contact with the hotels and the various teams. During these ten days, you're part of a team in which everyone is pulling in the same direction. It's this team spirit that makes the Tour de Suisse such an extraordinary and special event. It's something that stays with you. ;-)
Function: Head of Signposting
Involved since: 2000
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: What motives me is that I always get to meet new people. I'm passionate about sport and, in particular, cycle racing and ice hockey. Many people in my circle of friends and acquaintances know I'm involved in the TdS and I get lots of positive comments and questions about it.
Function: Head of Security
Involved since: 1990: Police motorcyclist with Zurich Cantonal Police/1992-1999: Motorcyclist for the security service/2000-2015: Sector Head/Head of Security
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Cycle racing is pure action! With almost 60 motorcyclists, I protect racing cyclists at five to eight cycle races in Switzerland each year. My team is composed of members of a variety of Swiss police forces. It's often the case that we only meet at cycle races and we enjoy the camaraderie as well as the action. Our task gives us a sense of common purpose and friendships develop right across Switzerland. Of course the fascination with riding motorbikes also plays a big part (but unfortunately I no longer ride my motorbike at the TdS). It's also good fund to work with a good organiser. The planning and coordination are exciting and each day brings something unexpected!
Function: Head of Team Presentation
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: For years now I've followed all the big tours and one-day events in the media and spend plenty of time on my own bike. Working as I do at InfrontRingier, I was almost obliged to be head of team presentation, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it… J
Function: Head of Finish
Involved since: 2003
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: It's an honour for me to be able to participate in a major event like this, to get to know a wide variety of areas (TV, advertising and cycle racing) and, in addition, to work with the local organising committee to organise an unforgettable day for the population.
Function: Head of Race Information
Involved since: 1991
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I like taking responsibility, working with partners who have a professional approach and sport itself – I can find all three of these at the Tour de Suisse, which is why I enjoy being head of a division at Switzerland's biggest sporting event.
Function: Head of Tour Police
Involved since: 2013
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: because I love cycle racing and Switzerland and the fantastic team at the Tour de Suisse.
Function: Head of Start
Involved since: 2015
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: As a former racer myself, I'll never lose my passion for cycle racing!
Function: Head of Entertainment
Involved since: 1994 in various functions/2015 as Head of Entertainment
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: It's my absolute favourite sporting event; a rolling popular festival
Function: Head of Route Safety
Involved since: 2012
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I'm an enthusiastic road cyclist myself and really enjoy cycle racing. As the person responsible for the safety of the route, I work closely with the operational heads of the difference police forces. As a retired police officer, I have the ideal background. And last but not least, because I enjoy working in this team.
Function: Head of Tour de Suisse Challenge
Involved since: 2015
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: Because I used to be an active participant in cycle racing myself, often went to watch the Tour de Suisse, saw my first Cycling World Cup at the age of eight and have attended the Tour de France and other major cycle racing events more times than I can remember. I want to bring to it all my organisational experience from 16 years of involvement in both in professional and public cycle racing. And, living so close to the frontier, I've always been very familiar with Switzerland and liked the country a lot.
Function: Head of Racing
Involved since: As a racing cyclist I took part in the Tour de Suisse six times between 1978 and 1983. I've been an official since 1987 and a sector or divisional head since 1991.
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: In my leisure time I'm involved as a Swiss Cycling official (jury/race director). The Tour de Suisse is always the highlight of the year. For me it's an honour and a pleasure to take part as an official or head in the Tour de Suisse
Function: Head of Race Office
Involved since: 1999.
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I'm an independent PR specialist, and the Tour de Suisse offers me a complete change and an exciting environment compared with my usual day-to-day work. It gives me a chance to apply solution-oriented thinking, creativity and spontaneity to practical situations on a daily basis. I like that.
Function: Head of Radio Tour
Involved since: 2011/2008 as an active driver
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: I got involved because cycle racing is a wonderful sport. Each year, cycle racing brings people of all ages and classes out onto the pavements. It's great! There's a fantastic atmosphere and the Tour de Suisse is a real family.
Dr. med. Thorsten Hammer
Function: Head of Medical Support
Involved since: 2008
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: There's nothing better than being given a position of responsibility in such a famous sporting event, enjoying the trust of the organisers and being part of the TdS family. I'm a medical doctor, and what I do here falls within my core competences of emergency medical care, trauma surgery and orthopaedics.
Function: Head of Bike Expo / Kids World
Involved since: 1985-1993 neutral support vehicle driver/1994-1999 Project Leader Tour de Suisse news service/2015 Head of Bike Expo
Why I'm part of the Tour de Suisse team: This rolling major event is totally fascinating, including to those involved in making it happen. As a small spoke in a big wheel, I want to contribute my experience in cycle racing.