Prudential RideLondon hopefuls go for gold with Griffin Mill ŠKODA and Olympic cyclist, Ed Clancy

April 22, 2013

> Griffin Mill ŠKODA offered Prudential RideLondon cyclists the chance to participate in a professional training ride
> Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy took riders on a training ride on Wednesday 17 April in Pontypridd
> Part of ŠKODA UK’s activities as ‘The Official Car of Prudential RideLondon’


Milton Keynes, 19 April, 2013 – Over 40 Prudential RideLondon competitors turned out yesterday, as Griffin Mill ŠKODA teamed up with professional cycling teams to host a training ride in Pontypridd, ahead of the prestigious summer festival.

Griffin Mill ŠKODA invited Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 registered cyclists from across South Wales to take part in a training ride on Wednesday 17 April, which began at the Tonteg Road retailer. Professional cyclists from Rapha Condor JLT and Matrix Fitness Academy led the ride out in the morning, followed by lunch back on site.

Riders covered 37 miles of Pontypridd roads, including the formidable Bwlch climb. The riders were split into four groups and supported by professional cyclists Ed Clancy and James McCallum from Rapha Condor JLT, and Helen Wyman from Matrix Fitness Academy.

Anthony Griffin, Managing Director of Griffin Mill ŠKODA added: “The day was a great success. It was a pleasure to be able to extend our first class service to both our customers and local cycling fanatics who are taking part in Prudential RideLondon with a professional training ride.”

Emily Burns, Communications Manager for ŠKODA UK commented: “The training ride has proved to be a great event and thankfully, the rain held off! The cyclists had the opportunity to hone their skills ahead of the tasking 100 mile course they’ll face in August, with the help of our pro team partners.

“Our cars are loved by cyclists across the UK - the flagship Superb Estate is the car of choice for pro teams such as Rapha Condor JLT; thanks to both the impressive load capacity and our fantastic range of cycling accessories.”

Prudential RideLondon is an annual world-class festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council.

As part of its role as Official Car Supplier to Prudential RideLondon, ŠKODA UK will supply 30 cars for the event; these include the recently refreshed flagship ŠKODA Superb Hatch and Estate, the all-new Octavia Estate, Yeti and Rapid hatchback. With up to 1,700 litres of load capacity* and clever accessories such as roof bars, an internal bicycle holder and towbar preparation; the vehicles will assist cyclists as they cover 140 miles of road.

ŠKODA has a long association with cycling, dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic. The manufacturer provides vehicles to the Tour de France and the Tour of Britain, as well as other major cycling races across the world.

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Editors' notes: 

*Load capacity for the Superb Estate



  • ŠKODA UK achieved a record 2012 with registrations of more than 53,000 and a market share of 2.6%.
  • ŠKODA UK had a record year in the fleet sector in 2012 with registrations of more than 23,500, and a market share of 2.3%.
  • In 2012, ŠKODA received 19 major awards for its outstanding products and excellent customer service.
  • ŠKODA has been in the top ten of the J.D. Power Survey of Customer Satisfaction for the past 20 years.
  • ŠKODA Motorsport repeated its double win in 2012 as IRC Drivers’ & Manufacturers’ Champions, with Andreas Mikkelsen bringing home the IRC Drivers’ title for ŠKODA UK Motorsport in a factory–prepared Fabia Super 2000.

Rapha Condor JLT



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