The entire project, which resulted in the previous record being broken by three cycling enthusiasts, was more than a year in the making. “Preparations got up to full speed last autumn, when we first visited Ladakh. We had to confirm if such a project was even feasible, so we drove through the course of the race, visited the municipal officials, started looking for a cooperating local agency, and verified logistics – that is how to transport everything necessary to its place, including the accompanying cars,” describes Milan Dědek from ŠKODA’s marketing communications.
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Around 80 people contributed to the organization, preparations, and actual realization of one of the most demanding amateur cycling challenges, as did two ŠKODA SUVs accompanying the cyclists during their attempt to break the record. KODIAQ and KAROQ stood up to the test at 5,350 metres above sea level. “For every new model, we are looking for an optimal link to the world of cycling. Our new SUVs are extraordinary cars so we’ve decided to showcase their great qualities and abilities in appropriate conditions,” explains Thanh Vu Tran, head of ŠKODA marketing communication. “We’re glad that the cars’ performance perfectly matched our expectations,” he added.
A moment etched into everyone’s memory was when there suddenly occurred a change of weather on the day of the attempt. “After a week of final preparations with magnificent weather, it suddenly started to snow during the race, the temperature fell to zero – and the visibility nearly did, too. Now, imagine that this was at 5,000 metres above sea level, pedalling hard on a bike, and trying to finish first,” Milan Dědek describes.