Skoda Auto partnered with the second edition of Tour de Mumbai I & II – Clyclothon 2011. The company flagged off the Skoda Elite International Men’s Race – II at the event. Skoda Auto associated with the event for the second consecutive year to promote greener, safer and healthier environment in India. The company participated in the event with its cars. The ‘Škoda Elite International Men’s Race (108 km)’ was won by Robbie Hunter of team Radio Shack and was awarded price money of 6000 Euros.
The cyclothon was held under the aegis of Swiss based International Cycling Federation, International Cycling Union & Cycling Federation of India to accentuate cycling habits and its benefits in India. In its second edition, the first leg of the Tour was held in Nashik (180 km) on February 11 and travelled to Mumbai (108 km) on February 13.
The presence of two internationally acclaimed pro tour cycling teams-USA’s Radio Shack – the winners of Tour de France, 2010 and Italy’s Liquigas- a Grand Tour double winner on board as participants added to the excitement of public present at the event.
The race with huge participation offered multiple participation categories- Elite International Men (108 Kms), Amateur Ride (28 kms), Green Ride (15 km), Kids Ride (3 km), Corporate Challenge Ride (14 kms).The Elite race category also saw participation from 44 most promising Indian cyclists selected by the Cycle Federation of India (CFI) across 22 states.
The cyclothon showed up the presence of participants from all walks of life. The participants varied from school students to college goers, working professionals to housewives and senior citizens who added a lot more fun, thrill and excitement on the roads. Skoda Auto has also been associated with Tour de France – the most famous bicycle race in the world since 2004.