Mountain Trax aims high with Vauxhall Vivaro


Mountain bike racer Ben Thompson, the linchpin of the Vauxhall-sponsored Mountain Trax Vauxhall Cycling Team, has taken delivery of a Brit-built Vivaro Limited Edition NAV double cab.

The Vauxhall van will be used to get Ben and his team to and from races. It will also provide support during competitions.

The Mountain Trax team has used Vauxhall Vivaro models for the last five years. Now, as he seeks to consolidate his position as British number one for long-distance marathon cycling, they’ll use the Vivaro’s second-row seating and exceptional storage capacity to support Ben.

Why Vivaro’s right for the job

The Vivaro’s comfort for driver and passengers alike makes it a perfect choice for the long motorway journeys between races. It also performs superbly on unconventional road surfaces – another qualifying feature for this role.


As a leading long-distance marathon racer, Ben Thompson has to keep going for four to six hours at a time on gruelling 100km loop mountain courses. His support vehicle must be equally durable, with races taking place across Europe at locations including the Cote d’Azur and the Swiss Alps.


With this in mind, the Mountain Trax team has Vauxhall’s retail network (Opel in Europe) on hand as required, regardless of where they are. The team is yet to require such support though, as the Vivaro has demonstrated first-rate durability and reliability.

Cruise control and other winning features

In addition to the versatile space for all team members, bikes and spare parts, the Vivaro offers cruise control to support the driver on long journeys. This also benefits the model’s fuel economy, which typically exceeds 35mpg.

Its economical engine provides strong acceleration, while the Vivaro’s chassis gives additional ride quality, providing a more comfortable journey.

Upgraded NAVI80 IntelliLink includes a seven-inch colour touchscreen, real-time traffic updates and connectivity for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

"I'd like to thank Vauxhall for their continued support," said Ben Thompson, Mountain Trax Vauxhall Cycling Team. “I spend a lot of time at the wheel, and it takes a long time to drive across Europe. At least we stay comfortable in the Vauxhall Vivaro.”

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Ben and are excited to work with him as he continues to challenge at the very top,” said Brad Miller, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles.

“The Vivaro Limited Edition NAV is the perfect vehicle for the team, with its strong lifestyle credentials and expansive capacity for all their gear.”