ŠKODA 2012 BICYCLES IN ‘RACING LOOK’
Design echoes brand’s 111-year commitment to motorsport
ŠKODA Motorsport works drivers Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký named ambassadors for new green-white bicycle range
The new bicycle range for the year 2012 comprises seven models for a different range of uses and age groups. All bikes are coloured green and white as is typical for the ŠKODA Motorsport team. The bikes’ appearance also echoes ŠKODA brand’s new, fresh corporate design. The current 2012 design highlights the brand’s involvement with motorsport which dates back all of 111 years.
The two drivers from the ŠKODA Motorsport works team, Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký, have been named ambassadors for the 2012 ŠKODA bicycle and accessory range.“Though hardly anyone is aware of this, bicycles are an essential part of our training,” says Jan Kopecký, driver in the ŠKODA Motorsport works team and IRC vice champion in 2009, 2010 und 2011. “Before every race, we clock up several hundred kilometres. This is why I really value workmanship, functionality and timeless appearance, and this is what ŠKODA bicycles and the new functional wear are all about.”
The offering for 2012 includes models based on the ‘Superior’ brand. Street racers will opt for the 8.4 kilogram ŠKODA ‘Road’ with an aluminium frame and carbon fork. Off the asphalt, bike fans will be riding the ŠKODA ‘MTB’ model or even the ŠKODA ‘MTB Full’ with a full-suspension frame. The ŠKODA ‘Cross’ is a versatile bike in the 2012 range. All these ŠKODA models come with a lockable front fork and are available in three sizes.
But ŠKODA AUTO also has the little bikers in mind: the older ones might zoom off on the ŠKODA‘MTB-Junior’, which is dimensioned to fit a child but has all the technology of “adult” bikes. This includes a lockable front fork or a 21-speed transmission. Even smaller children can cycle safely on two wheels with the ŠKODA ‘Kid‘. An all-new item in the range designed especially for the youngest children is the ŠKODA ‘Mini’ training bike, which was designed completely afresh in cooperation with Olpran, a bicycle maker.
The 2012 ŠKODA range also offers functional and comfortable bike wear from Kalaš company in ŠKODA AUTO’s exclusive design.
ŠKODA AUTO also supports cycling as a sponsor since many years: Besides international races such as the ‘Tour de France’ and the ‘Giro d’Italia’, the brand also has long been supporting cycling in the Czech Republic. This year, for instance, saw the partnership with the ‘Kolo pro život’ being extended, a cycling sports event for all comers. ŠKODA also is planning a new cycling event to be held in the heart of Prague in late August 2012 to pick up on the success of the ‘ŠKODA Cycling Challenge 2011’ as it has been until now. Friends of hobby cycling can also compete in a new ‘Virtual Cup’ in 2012. This project without a starting grid is unique in that participants can race on any of the twelve tracks any time. Prizes include a trip to ‘Tour de France 2013’ and selected bicycles from the ŠKODA range.