Since our humble beginnings as a bicycle company, our love for cycling has been absolute. After all, it’s in our blood.
That’s right, the ŠKODA story began not on four wheels, but two: with a bicycle called the ‘Slavia’, built in 1895 by our founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. Besides their first names and a love for cycling, they had another thing in common: a strong inventive spirit.
Through this bond, the two friends went on to build some of the world’s formative motorcycles, which were soon winning races and breaking speed records. Encouraged by this success, they graduated to four wheels, and with the ‘Voiturette A’, started an automotive lineage that makes ŠKODA one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world.
But as the years have rolled on, ŠKODA’s passion for cycling remains strong. This shines through in our smart car design, with blind spot detection and area view, which help make the road safer for cyclists. We also have some clever, cyclist-friendly accessories like lockable bike carriers and food and drink coolers.
What’s more, we’ve launched an online platform dedicated to everything there is to love about cycling, which you can find more about below.
We’ve been the Tour de France’s official car supplier and partner since 2004. Since then, we’ve proven that behind every great bike is a great car. Our fleet of around 305 ŠKODAs operates as neutral support vehicles, including road crews and logistic vehicles.
The ŠKODA Red Car is a technologically modified mobile command centre, from which the Tour Director manages the race. Fitted with six radio antennas and four radio channels, the Tour Director can remain in constant contact with race officials coordinating the Tour from the comfort of the Red Car.
The ŠKODA SUPERBs provide workshops on wheels that offer support, wheels, tires, and even a counselling service to riders in emergency situations.
Being France, it’s not unexpected that there is a minibar on board, so the car also operates as a bijou hospitality suite, should a dignitary such as French President Emmanuel Macron decide to drop in a tad thirsty.
Check out our wide range of features and optional accessories, which all add up to make ŠKODA the perfect ride for cyclists.
Cycling Mums Australia community member, triathlete and (working) mother of two, Jo Lum, spent a week in the all-new ŠKODA KAROQ. Read her review.