A long-standing champion of cycling worldwide, ŠKODA UK provides vehicles to the Tour de France, Tour of Britian and Prudential RideLondon as well as other major cycling events across the world.
ŠKODA UK will resume its Official Partner status to pro cycling team, Team Raleigh, following a year-long break. The partnership will see the team receive full use of three Octavia Estate support vehicles as riders compete in major cycling races throughout the UK and Europe during 2014.
The Team Raleigh 2014 squad includes Premier Calendar winner, Evan Oliphant, Rutland-Melton Classic winner, Alexandre Blain, and under-23 Manx rider, Mark Christian. The team will take on an exciting race programme, which will see them participate in the Tour Series and Ride London Classic among other races this year.
Emily Burns, Communications Manager for ŠKODA UK, comments: “With ŠKODA’s heritage firmly rooted in cycling, we’re proud to support another of Britain’s leading professional cycling teams and extend our association with the sport in the UK. As Team Raleigh competes in world-class races throughout 2014, our vehicles will be on hand to provide the support and reliability to enable its riders to perform to their very best.”
With an impressive load capacity of up to 1750 litres, the Octavia Estate is ideally suited to cyclists, with additional features including an internal bicycle holder and detachable tow bar. Available from £17,115, the ŠKODA Octavia is packed full of innovative technology designed to improve both comfort and safety. Features include; DAB radio, Bluetooth and alloy wheels as standard across the range.
Cherie Pridham, Team Manager for Team Raleigh, comments: “This year we welcome back some of our most talented riders of 2013, and it is only fitting that our Offical Partner matches in terms of sporting calibre.As a leader in the field of cycling support worldwide, we are proud to have the backing of ŠKODA UK and look forward to extending this partnership through 2014 and beyond.”
With 110 podium places and 31 race wins in 2013, Team Raleigh has strengthened its squad for 2014 and will be looking to capitalise on last season’s performance to reach the pinnacle of professional cycling. Gaining more exposure in bigger races, the team, with the support of ŠKODA UK, will be hoping to continue its successes in 2014.