Bollé has always been involved with the highest levels of sports, in cycling as well as skiing, sailing or running. the brand continues to develop the most advanced technologies dedicated to each of its core sports creating helmets and sunglasses that are tailored to the needs of top-level sportsmen and women. Known as a discipline that pushes ones limits, triathlon is in line with Bollé’s DNA, and the brand is happy to announce the partnership with four American top triathletes : Matt Russell (Ironman), Morgan Pearson (USA Triathlon Team), Kelsey Withrow (Ironman) and Lesley Smith (Ironman).
Matt Russell has been a professional triathlete since 2011 and is now one of the top American athletes at the Long-Distance Ironman. He was the Division 1 New England Champion in the 3000m steeplechase and started his multisport career as a duathlete with a win at the 2008 ITU Duathlon National Championships. About the collaboration, Russell says: “I like that the brand proposes products for every discipline, running, cycling, casual… And Bollé is a company that keeps up with stylish trends as well as the needs of the athlete, so if, on top of being performant, we can look good while racing,”
Morgan Pearson is a former Division I distance runner who transitioned to the sport of triathlon after being recruited by USA Triathlon. After completing only two seasons of ITU racing, Morgan reached the World Cup podium, both individually and for mixed relay, and he climbed to a worldwide ranking of 17th. Morgan trains in Boulder, Colorado and he is focused on qualifying for his first U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. “I have one major goal to compete in the Tokyo Olympics” said Pearson.
Former member of the USA Triathlon National Team and professional cyclist as well, Kelsey Withrow discovered triathlon in her senior year of high school. In her career, the athlete has won five global Ironman 70.3 races, an even more impressive record since she wasn’t expected to be able to race anymore after having suffered a big accident in 2014. She will now compete with her favorite racing combo, FURO MIPS helmet and SHIFTER sunglasses.
Lesley Smith grew up participating in a variety of sports, and eventually was very successful in high school as a distance runner. She then competed with the track and cross-country team at the University of Missouri. She finally turned to triathlon racing and has achieved an impressive number of 17 podium finishes during the last six seasons. She made her 140.6 distance debut in the fall of 2017, and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii both in 2018 and 2019. The triathlete has a long history with Bollé products.
The new recruits of the Bollé athletes’ team will be equipped with the brand’s latest innovative products.
On the helmet side, the triathletes will be equipped with FURO MIPS, featuring Aerodynamic development, ventilation design, and air-flow testing inspired by the automotive industry has led to the creation of this high-end helmet. FURO’s design has a very strong personality and is easily recognizable with its two aerodynamic features: a NACA duct allowing increased airflow without additional drag, and a kamm tail providing a smaller wake that reduces the drag for better aerodynamic properties. For ultimate comfort and protection, FURO MIPS features a 360° integrated MIPS which add extra protection to the brain against angled impacts.
On the sunglasses side, they will be able to choose from the brand’s latest Performance models, Chronoshield, Lightshifter and Shifter. they benefit from the combination of the best of Bollé’s technologies which meet all the needs of the performance cyclist or runner.