WHEN mountain-bike racing star Manon Carpenter isn’t hurtling downhill at breakneck speeds, she’ll be enjoying another sporty vehicle in the shape of her own new personal transport – a spanking new Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport van.
I’m thrilled to be running a Mercedes Vito Sport – it’s a seriously cool van
Twenty-year-old Manon, who was Junior Downhill World Champion in 2011, recently got behind the wheel of her new Vito van, after signing a sponsorship agreement with Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van Dealer Euro Commercials (South Wales).
The compact-bodied 116 CDI model is powered by a 163hp engine that gives lively performance as well as low emissions and good fuel economy. As well as being practical, the van has sporty features including 17-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels and distinctive chrome sidebars.
Manon, a member of the Madison Saracen team, told Business Vans: “I’m thrilled to be running a Mercedes Vito Sport – it’s a seriously cool van.
“The van is very well equipped and a real pleasure to drive compared with my old van. I can’t wait to throw a few bikes in the back, get behind the wheel and head for the hills.”
Mason grew up in Caerphilly but moved recently to Cardiff. She collected her van at Euro Commercials’ headquarters on Ipswich Road from dealer principal Chris Anthony.
He told Business Vans: “Manon is a local girl who’s doing exceptionally well in her sport. She’s also a very impressive, articulate young woman, and as such exactly the kind of person with whom we want to align our business and our brand. We’ll all be cheering her on in this season’s World Cup.”
As part of the sponsorship deal, Manon will use social media to post regular updates about life with her Mercedes Vito Sport and will also be hosting MTB experience events for Euro Commercials customers, and making other ‘meet and greet’ appearances.
This season’s Downhill World Cup begins in April, with rounds in South Africa and Australia. Manon will also be competing in Canada and the United States, as well as the UK and Europe and aims to improve on her third-place finish in last season’s Elite UCI Downhill World Cup.