Škoda and bicycles go back further than you might think. In fact, when founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement established their company in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, in 1895 they first manufactured bicycles. Motorbikes followed in 1899 and their first car, the Voiturette A, was built in 1905. The Škoda nameplate was first used in 1924 after a merger with industrial firm Škoda Works.
The company today sponsors a number of major cycling competitions throughout Europe, a point that will be made on the stand at the Festival of Speed. Three simulators representing a 700-metre stretch will give visitors the chance to show their virtual cycling prowess. The person who performs the best will win a VIP trip to the Tour de France.
A second competition will be running for under 16s. They’ll get the chance to design the 2014 Tour of Britain King of the Mountains jersey. The prize will be an invitation to present the winning design to the King of Mountains at the final in London, September 2014.
Think you’re good with two-wheeled pedal power? Get along to the Škoda stand at FoS to show your mettle.