Jaguar ‘Ride like a Pro’ competition launches in Ridgeway Jaguar Oxford this Saturday, offering local cyclists the chance to ride with Team Sky.
• Ridgeway Jaguar in Oxford is one of 36 local Jaguar Dealerships in the UK and NI taking part, starting with a ride on Saturday 2nd August 2014
• One participant from the Oxford ride will be chosen for a national Grand Final, competing in both driving and cycling time trials for a chance to ride with Team Sky at their winter training camp
• Riders will be followed and supported by the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, the official car of professional cycling squad Team Sky
Keen cyclists in Oxford are for the first time being offered the chance to Ride like a Pro thanks to local Jaguar Dealership, Ridgeway Jaguar on Cumnor Hill, and Team Sky.
Following last year’s successful inaugural series, Jaguar’s Ride like a Pro is making its return in 2014. Staging even more ride outs at a wider spread of regional Jaguar Dealerships, Ride like a Pro pits cyclists across the UK against each other in a cycling time trial and Jaguar XF Sportbrake driving challenge for the chance to win a place at Team Sky’s winter training camp in Majorca.
Ride like a Pro Grand Final competitors will later be able to take the wheel of the XF Sportbrake themselves. Last year’s finalists received coaching from professional racing drivers in preparation for a Directeur Sportif Challenge, testing their driving skills against a professional Sports Director.
The Ridgeway Jaguar ride will take place on Saturday 2nd August at 9.00am and is one of 33 events happening from July to September across the UK.
The ride outs are non-competitive, and will each follow a range of 26-50 mile routes generated, plotted and recorded using the social fitness app Strava. A rider from each will be chosen at random for the Grand Final, which will take place in late September to the start of October.
The Ridgeway Jaguar route leaves the Cumnor Hill dealership at 9am on Saturday morning taking in 26 miles of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the most versatile derivative of the award-winning Jaguar XF. It is driven by Jaguar’s refined, powerful and efficient range of four-and six-cylinder turbo-diesel engines and represents a compelling combination of sporting dynamics and practicality.
As an Official Supplier to Team Sky since its inception in 2010, Jaguar has been proud to support the team’s back-to-back victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2013, where the British engineering leaders supplied Team Sky with a fleet of all-new high performance Jaguar XF Sportbrakes.
This year, Jaguar has extended its support of the team as an Innovation Partner, adding a bespoke Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Concept to Team Sky’s support vehicle line-up, which will make its debut during Stage 20’s Time Trial at the 2014 Tour de France. Jaguar’s technological capabilities and engineering expertise also helped contribute towards Team Sky’s new Pinarello Dogma F8 racing bike that was launched in May.
As part of the enhanced new deal, the pro cycling team has also added the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, launched in April, to its fleet of high performance support vehicles. Effortlessly blending real-world versatility with high performance, the XFR-S Sportbrake has a top speed of 186 mph making it “the fastest car in the peloton” according to Team Sky’s riders.
You can find out more about the Ridgeway Jaguar Oxford ride out at http://www.ridgeway.co.uk/jaguar/latest-news/ridelikeapro/
Riders need to register online to participate, where they will have the opportunity to make a donation to the road safety charity, Brake (this is not compulsory).