Tour de France riders chase trophies designed by car stylists
Lotus recently helped design new two-wheeled bikes for the UK cycling team, and there is another European car maker that is also involved in racing bikes. Since 2011, Skoda Design has created the trophies of the Tour de France.
Based in the Czech Republic, Skoda designers say they were inspired by the art of Bohemian crystal and that the trophies reflect “what cycling is: nature and clean energy”.
The 108th edition of the famous cycling race ends on July 18 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
“This year, we have taken shapes in nature”, Skoda Auto interior design manager Peter Olah is quoted in the automaker’s press release. “The patterns are reminiscent of blades of grass or flowers growing the trophy. They give the trophy a distinctly natural character. Our design addresses issues that are of great importance to society and to which we also pay great attention in our design.
The trophies, produced by Lasvit, a Czech crystal maker, are nearly 2 feet tall and weigh nearly 9 pounds.
Skoda calls the trophies “true works of art. The refraction of light and the play of shadows create a fascinating spectacle of intersecting lines. To cut crystal accurately, skilled glass cutters must have a steady hand and years of experience.
In addition to the design of the trophies, Skoda supplies around 250 vehicles to race management with an all-electric Enyaq iV as the command vehicle and mobile control center for the race director.