Workshops On Wheels
Cars are not only used by the Tour de France organization, but also by teams and companies as support vehicles. In fact, the Mavic neutral support vehicles – which provide bikes, wheels and tyres to riders in emergency situations should their team cars be otherwise engaged – are some of the most eye-catching cars in the Tour. These cars are especially handy when the race spreads out, for example in high mountain stages where the leaders are far ahead of the rest of the team.
This year’s Mavic support vehicles are ŠKODA SUPERBS and OCTAVIAS, with yellow paintwork to make them stand out in a crowded field. Each car is a cycling workshop on wheels that includes a bike repair outfit, a feeding station, a hotspot for communications, and even a counselling service.
The cars are crammed with spare tyres, chains and crank sets for bikes, food and drinks for the riders, and spare kit like raincoats for when the weather deteriorates. There are also entire tool kits and fully assembled bikes on the roof. Some teams squeeze as many as eight road bikes on a specially designed roof rack, allowing them to account for every eventuality.