Video: Clancy and Octavia vRS in car versus cycle hillclimb challenge

Published 18 September 2013

Here's an unusual one, but given Skoda's involvement in professional cycling, and the huge interest the sport currently enjoys, it was only a matter of time before the Czech car manufacturer pitted man versus bike in the name of entertainment.

Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy took on a challenge of two wheels versus four, testing his downhill racing skills against the all-new Skoda Octavia vRS in a race against the clock. Covering a section of the Southern Borders Loop, part of the Tour of Britain stage one route, the race was held on a short, but brutally steep hillclimb with five major corners. Ed Clancy raced downhill from a rolling start whilst the Skoda Octavia vRS raced uphill from a standing start.

Double Olympian Ed Clancy said after the race: 'I love a challenge and knew that taking on the Octavia was going to be a tough test. When I was told which section we’d be racing on and that I’d be going downhill from a rolling start, I knew I had a chance. The route is perfectly suited to cycling - whilst the car had to slow down to manouevre around the bends, I could pretty much straight-line most of the corners.'

Watch the video and see how it all pans out.


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