A lifesaver in the trunk
The fully electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV support and service vehicle - which was quickly nicknamed “Škody” after a couple of days - was a partner to the extraordinary sporting performance throughout. It carried two bicycles at the back: one was Sattler’s spare bike in case of technical issues that couldn’t be solved right away. In addition, the car carried all the crew’s gear, the rider’s equipment for all possible weather conditions as well as technical equipment for maintenance like the pump, spare tubes or chain lube. And there was one gadget in the trunk that the team sang the praises of – an electric-powered cooling box. It kept food and beverages cold that Sattler could enjoy during a quick break or after the ride on the way to the next stop.
Monika Sattlerová and the ENYAQ iV escort car in one of the passes
“And I always had my laptop on my lap to start writing the daily news and articles or do some social media work anytime I wanted. We also had the photographer’s cameras on board as well as walkie-talkies to communicate with Monika,” adds Julia Heckmann, the team’s communications manager.
During the ride, the car drove behind, in front and sometimes at the side of the cyclist, providing safety and security. She would also receive a new bottle of water on the go, or sunscreen, mosquito spray or a snack directly from the car without having to stop. On hot days, they even sprayed water on her from the car with a spray bottle.
The car driving in front of a cyclist - its zero emissions means this is no longer a problem.