At ŠKODA, we appreciate high performance – on two wheels or four – so we’re immensely proud of our ŠKODA Ambassadors. Congratulations to Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell. As gold medallists and world champions, it seems fitting that each drives an equally athletic and powerful Octavia RS.
2016 Rio Olympics Team Sprint Silver Medalist
2014 Team Sprint World Champion
2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
Favourite pre-race food: Chicken and potatoes
Favourite warm-up song: Brianstorm - Artic Monkeys
Favourite pre-race food: Poached eggs on toast with avo
Favourite warm-up song: Hypest Hype - Chase and Status
Favourite pre-race food: Banana and honey sandwich
Favourite warm-up song: Four Letter Word - Beady Eye
Which is better? 4 wheels or 2? In the world of ŠKODA, the answer is both.
When co-founder Vaclav Klement bought a bicycle from a German manufacturer which broke shortly afterwards, he teamed up with bike mechanic Vaclav Laurin, and they began producing their own bicycles.
Cycling has remained important to us since that day and we've honoured that heritage ever since.
From the production of motorbikes in 1899, Laurin and Klement built their very first car in 1905 - The Voiturette A which could reach speeds of 25mph (which was very impressive at the time!)
A merger with ŠKODA Works, a large industrial company, in 1924 saw the ŠKODA name appear on an automobile for the very first time. And the rest, as they say, is history.
We are engineers. In our 119 years of production history, we've broken boundaries. Our evolution from 2 wheels to 4 didn't see us just dip our toe into cycling at the start of the twentieth century, we remain firmly immersed. We love bicycles. A simple machine with endless possibilities, where precision counts more than brute force and every problem can be solved with a clever solution.
That's why we're an official partner of the key cycling events including Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta España. And of course, we still to this day make ŠKODA branded bicycles. They're pretty awesome.
We like stories. And we've plenty to share. Did you know that the first ever race an L&K motorcycle entered in 1901 saw the rider, Marcis Podsednike, as the only entrant to make it across the finish line?
Here's another good one – in 1936, the ŠKODA Rapid rallied 27,600km around the world without the need for any engine repairs and the model went on to win the Olympic Games Rally in the same year.
Today, we're still proud to be a part of unforgettable experiences from the saddle to the driver's seat.
Our riders fight the roads and climb mountains. They brave the wind and rain to compete against the world's greatest. Our drivers in their hatchbacks hustle over which radio station to listen to on the school-run, those in their 4x4s tackle tough terrain in their country pursuits. And ŠKODA is excited to be part of all these journeys.
ŠKODA New Zealand are setting up a cycling team to ride in some of New Zealand's coolest races, and we are inviting you to join us! You don't need to be a pro – just a cycling enthusiast.
When you race as part of Team ŠKODA, you will receive advice from some of New Zealand's elite cyclists and ŠKODA World Champion Cycling Ambassadors, access to our exclusive VIP ŠKODA tent, a top quality ŠKODA Cycling jersey to wear during the race, and much more.
If this sounds like you, register here and we will be in touch with more information soon.
Click here to find out more.
ŠKODA is now the official vehicle sponsor of Cycling New Zealand and all their events. The match between ŠKODA and cycling is a natural one, seeing that our company originally started as a bicycle manufacturer in 1896.
Like Cycling New Zealand, ŠKODA sees cycling not only as a means of transport and as a sport, but also as an activity that draws people together. The partnership will allow Cycling New Zealand to focus on the development of their programmes and athletes at every level, making cycling more accessible and bringing all facets of the sport to New Zealanders.
At the top level, ŠKODA will have official vehicle rights for National Championship events. Members of the New Zealand men's cycle sprint team will be supported with vehicles from ŠKODA and the New Zealand cycle team uniforms will now feature ŠKODA branding.
At a social level, Cycling New Zealand is working towards developing more places for people to cycle. They are also committed to delivering bike safety courses in schools and bringing more coaches on board to help train young riders throughout the country. The partnership with ŠKODA gives Cycling New Zealand the freedom to commit more energy to developing these pathways for all New Zealanders to enjoy cycling.
Cycling New Zealand acknowledges that getting a big name sponsor on board gives them a boost. This is particularly true with ŠKODA, because of what ŠKODA means to cycling globally.
For more information about Cycling New Zealand please visit their website.
Avantidrome, The Home of Cycling – the National Cycling Centre of Excellence is a world class velodrome connected to world class facilities for BMX, road and mountain biking.
Škoda extended our international support of cycling with an exciting partnership with the National Cycling Centre of Excellence. This world class velodrome in Cambridge which opened in April 2014, giving our cyclists a unique environment where champions will develop and inspire the public to participate.
The challenging world of professional cycling places high demands not only on the athletes themselves and their equipment, but also on the technical and organisational support of the teams during the whole season. This includes support teams who need to always be on hand, all the way through the race. And that's why they rely on Škoda vehicles.
Cycling Centre of Excellence
The development of the Cycling Centre of Excellence started back in 2011 as part of an expansion of high performance sports in New Zealand. The principal objective is to promote cycling at all levels within New Zealand. This includes improving high performance cycling outcomes, increasing participation in cycling and nurturing new talent.
The centre features an indoor track constructed to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Category 1 standard. The velodrome arena is 110 metres long and 65 metres wide. It has no supporting columns, but rather a series of angled perimeter frames supporting 6 metre high, curved steel frame 20 metres above the imported Siberian pine timber track.
The centre also has ready access to world-class training competition facilities for road, MTB and BMX cycles, alongside accessible community facilities.
For more information about the Avantidrome please visit their website
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