Cycling Weekly Tour de France Skoda

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The Good people at Skoda have loaned us here at Cycling Weekly a Skoda Octavia (five door, 2.2 litre estate) for the duration of the 2009 Tour de France.

So we’ll be getting lost, bickering about dinner, and sitting in traffic jams in air-conditioned, back-supported luxury this year – alright!

To celebrate Skoda’s kindness we’ve devised a hilarious competition for our readers to take part in. You’ve no doubt heard of Touch the Truck, well, we’re doing Touch the Skoda.

All you have to do is send in a picture of you, or a friend, touching our Skoda We’ll upload all the pictures and pick a winner at random. We’ll be giving you more exact details of our location throughout the race on our Twitter feed, so forget about watching the likes of Contador, Armstrong, Cavendish and Boonen (or not) ride by, come and take a look at our car.

We’ll be sourcing a fantastic prize for the winner, just don’t ask us what it is right now. It will be Tour related, and it wont just be a load of rubbish picked up out of the gutter after the publicity caravan has been through.

The rules are as follows:

1. The car MUST be stationary when you touch it (anyone trying to touch it as we’re moving will be disqualified)

2. You must be touching it with a part of your body. Remember, the pictures are going online for the world to see, so make it funny, but keep it clean.

3. You can touch any part of the car (be careful, it gets hot in the sun).

N.B. While you do only have to touch the car, anyone wishing to clean it – especially the windscreen - will receive an extra special prize.

Standard IPC rules apply see for full terms.

Please send your picture to with the title Touch the Skoda. Closing date is Monday, July 27.

Good luck!

Cycling Weekly Tour de France Skoda

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel