A motorhome used by Team Sky is currently on sale on eBay, with bidding currently standing at more than £30,000.
The vendor owns the service centre where the vehicle, a Eura Mobile ACTIVA 820HS 3.0L Tag Axle Motorhome, has been maintained, and is selling it on behalf of Team Sky.
It may not be quite as well appointed as the Death Star – as the Team Sky bus is nicknamed – but it is pretty well kitted out nonetheless, including six berths, a kitchen, shower and toilet, plus of course, a large bike rack and plenty of storage space.
You won’t be able to turn up at the Tour de France hoping to blag a prime parking spot though, with the seller saying: “Please note that the Team Sky and sponsors logos will be removed after the auction ends or when the vehicle is confirmed as sold,” although “a photo opportunity for the winning bidder can be arranged before this happens.”
Should you wish, you can, however, leave the riders’ names – including ‘Froomey’ and ‘Wiggo’ according to the picture in the gallery, which shows Sky’s 2014 line-up.
Given the motorhome’s provenance, however, it may well be something that proves attractive to a domestic or especially a continental team (it's worth bearing in mind the vehicle is left-hand drive) – in which case, it would be their own riders’ names going there.
The seller, eBay user jefflewis7, adds: “This is a one off auction, good luck and happy bidding. You are bidding to buy, not to kick tyres. Be sure you are able to complete the transaction before entering a bid please as timewasters will, regrettably be reported to eBay.”
Here’s the full spec:
Fixed double bed over cab
Large u-shaped lounge area which makes two single beds or a large double
Oven / grill and 4-burner hob
Washroom with separate shower
Sink and electric flush toilet
Cab and mains rear air conditioning with ISO air cooling system
Alde wet heating
6 x seat belts
Panoramic roof light
3 x leisure batteries
Large bike / motorbike rack
Electric entrance step
Electric windows and mirrors
Double floor - huge storage capacity
Top German quality build
No rips or tears
Brand new clutch 2,000 miles ago
One-year anti-damp warranty included
26 feet (8.65 metres) in length.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.