Victoria Park Mazda is supporting Olympic cycling champion Nicole Cooke by providing her with a Mazda vehicle for six months to assist her in getting to UK training events and competitions. Nicole, who lives in Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan, was presented with a Mazda6 2.0-litre Estate TS2 in White at the showroom in Hadfield Road.
“We’ve supported Nicole for a number of years through the loan of a Mazda and I am delighted we are now providing her with a Mazda 6,” says Gareth Jones, dealer principal at Victoria Park Mazda. “We’ve also decided to support Nicole on a more long-term basis, which is why we’ve loaned her the Mazda for at least six months.
“The Mazda 6 is ideal for Nicole. She travels a great deal and needs to be able to transport her bike, which easily fits into the spacious boot. The Mazda6 is one of the most stylish cars in its class and its performance, practicality and economy figures are amongst the best available. It is also one of Europe’s safest cars after being among the first models to achieve the new five-star accolade in tough new crash tests undertaken by Euro NCAP.”
Nicole, 25, thanked staff at the dealership for the loan and added: “I’m really looking forward to driving the Mazda 6. It’s a fantastic car and spacious enough to fit all my kit in. I spend a lot of time in the car traveling to training and competitions so it will be nice to drive a car as comfortable, powerful and fuel efficient as the Mazda 6.”
Nicole has won a string of major cycling tournaments since 1999, including the 2008 Olympics where she took home a gold medal. She took first place at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, achieved eight British Road Race Championship victories and celebrated two Tour de France wins. Nicole made her Olympic debut at Athens in 2004 where she finished fifth. Her world-beating skills were put to the test at the 2008 Olympics in both time trial and road race events. She finished first in the road race and 15th in the women’s individual time trials. Her road race victory was the first ever by a British cyclist.
Nicole has set up ‘Vision 1’, a team of eight female cyclists who will train together to create the strongest possible women’s racing team for the 2012 London Olympics. She also plans to establish a talent spotting academy to nurture talented young riders.
The 26-strong Mazda 6 line-up is available at Victoria Park Mazda and now features an all-new MZR-CD 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine.
A significant safety boost is also being provided for Mazda6 drivers with the introduction of Mazda’s lane‑change ‘Rear Vehicle Monitoring System’ – as standard on 15 models, from TS2 upwards. The new fully automatic active safety feature detects and warns the driver of an approaching vehicle before he/she moves across into a busy lane by mistake. Mazda is one of the first carmakers to introduce such a system.
Other safety features as standard on the Mazda 6 line-up include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which has been hailed by road safety campaigners as the most significant safety advance since the introduction of the seatbelt.
To find out more about the complete Mazda range and to book a test-drive, contact Victoria Park Mazda on 029 2038 7461 or visit the Hadfield Road showroom in Cardiff.