Chichester school girl, Vanessa Hang, 10, proved she has a creative flair, as she designed her way to the top spot in a national design competition held by ŠKODA UK.
As the official car partner to the Friends Life Tour of Britain, ŠKODA UK launched its contest at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. The competition offered younger visitors the opportunity to design the famous ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour of Britain, awarded to the best climber in the race.
ŠKODA UK will supply 50 support vehicles for the Tour of Britain, taking place from 7-14 September 2014; these include the flagship ŠKODA Superb, Octavia Estate, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback. The fleet of ŠKODA support vehicles, designed to offer class-leading space, will transport engineers, medical staff and essential maintenance equipment during the race.
Vanessa Hang, who attends Oakwood Preparatory School in East Ashling, Chichester, was picked as the overall winner. Her prize is to see her design transferred on to the official jersey and worn by the King of the Mountains winner. Vanessa will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present the jersey, sporting her one-off design, to the successful rider at The Tour of Britain's official prize ceremony taking place in London on 14th September.
Vanessa comments: "Two of my favourite things are riding my bike and drawing, so I'm really excited that my design will be used on the real jersey. I can't wait to watch the cyclists at the final and see the winner wear my design.”
Emily Burns, Communications Manager for ŠKODA UK, comments: "This is the third year we have offered youngsters the opportunity to design the actual ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey for the Tour of Britain. We were overwhelmed with the high standard of entries to our competition.
"On behalf of ŠKODA UK, I'd like to congratulate Vanessa on her winning design – it was wonderful to see her creativity and enthusiasm for cycling, and we can't wait to see her present it to the King of the Mountains winner on the podium next week.”
The award-winning ŠKODA range offers the perfect combination of performance and practicality, including up to 1,865 litres of load space (ŠKODA Superb Estate). The range will once again demonstrate its ideal suitability for supporting cycling events. Highly regarded by cyclists, both professional and recreational, the range also includes clever accessories such as roof bars, an internal bicycle holder and towbar preparation.
As a long-standing champion of cycling, with its heritage in bicycle manufacturing dating back to the company founders in 1895, ŠKODA provides vehicles to the Tour de France and other major cycling events across the world. The manufacturer is also the official vehicle sponsor for a number of professional cycling teams.