As the largest mobility club in Switzerland, the TCS wants to raise awareness of road safety and sustainable mobility issues and affirm its commitment to cycling and cyclists by rejoining the Tour de Suisse as “Road Safety Partner”.
This commitment to cycling is no accident. The TCS was founded in 1896 by 205 cyclists with the aim of improving road safety for cyclists. From 1986-2001, the TCS acted as a partner of the Tour de Suisse and was responsible for ensuring that the vehicles accompanying the cyclists had a trouble-free journey. Now the TCS will position itself as an expert in the field of road safety and as a sponsoring partner of the Tour de Suisse. With its national exposure the Tour de Suisse reaches a large audience. For the TCS this partnership will provide a broad platform to comprehensively raise awareness of the issues of road safety. As “Road Safety Partner”, it ensures the safety of the race tracks by providing safety mats and supporting the Tour de Suisse’s commitment to sustainable development. From 2023, it will also be present with a TCS Patrouille vehicle and another from TCS velocorner.ch. Jürg Wittwer, General Director of the TCS, says: “The commitment to cyclists and road safety is in the DNA of the TCS and we are therefore very pleased to play an active role as the “Road Safety Partner” of the Tour de Suisse”.
By 2026, the Tour de Suisse aims to be one of the most sustainable sporting events in the world. Wherever possible, only electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles are to be used for advertising convoys and as accompanying event vehicles. This was an additional argument in convincing the TCS to get involved with the Tour de Suisse, as this approach is in line with the TCS’s objective of making mobility in Switzerland safer and more sustainable.