CJL Leisure bike vans sponsors pro triathlete lucy charles



World-class triathlete handed keys to a fully-loaded CJL VW T6 bike van conversion

CJL Leisure Vehicles – leaders in bike van conversion market – have announced their sponsorship of pro triathlete, Lucy Charles-Barclay. Following the 2019 Ironman World Championship in Kona on Oct 12th – billed as a the toughest one-day race on the planet – CJL Leisure will be handing the keys to a fully-loaded VW T6 Triathlon Camper Conversion to the world-class athlete.

The luxury long wheel base camper features a CJL-engineered bike mount system allowing Lucy to travel and store road bikes safely inside the van without having to remove the wheels.

“We’ve engineered a bike mount system to provide safe transport of high-value bikes whilst still being able to travel up to 5 and sleep two,” said Cye Hayes, MD of CJL Leisure Vehicles Ltd. “Engineering underpins everything we do at CJL and sets us apart from the competition.”

Two road bikes in the rear of a triathlon camper conversion  CJL Leisure campervan conversion VWT6

When the bikes aren’t in the van, the OEM California double seat / bed simply slides back on the rails to leave a luxury spacious camper sleeping four, with all mod cons – fridge, gas hobs, sink etc – and plenty of space.

The association between the triathlete and CJL was born out of a talent search launched at the London Bike Show in March 2019, when CJL showcased a range of MTB and Triathlon vans, positioning themselves at the top of the bike van market.

“We think the best way for a van to show its merit is doing what it was built for and what better way to test and showcase a triathlon van than put it into the path of a top-flight triathlete – allowing her team the freedom to travel, train and race.

“Lucy’s now going into her off season which is one of the best times to get maximum use of the camper away from warm-weather training abroad.

“The van will open up new training and race destinations, whilst offering Lucy all the facilities she needs to chill in comfort. Whether open water swimming, running or biking, the triathlon van – with high pressure wash down kit, solar power, app-controlled blown-air heating and Alpine stereo upgrade – provides the ultimate mobile hotel room. There’s even a Thule cassette awning with LED’s – the ideal space under which to site a turbo trainer.

“I have the greatest respect for anyone who wants to be the best at what they do, and as an ex athlete, I understand the dedication, hard work and discipline that goes into the pursuit of excellence. CJL is proud to support TeamCharlesBarclay and help Lucy achieve her goals, and it’s also a great feeling to know that Lucy has chosen to work with us, underlining the top-level performance of our product and it’s perfect suitability as any triathlete’s ultimate training partner.”

Lucy’s Triathlon Campervan layout is one of two dedicated triathlon / road bike van options available from CJL – the other triathlon layout offering a Kombiset-up – seating up to  – plenty of storage and a dedicated waterproof wetroom to store up to 5 bikes in the rear of the van. Both triathlon campers are available for SWB and LWB T5/T6 Transporters. Other hybrid bike-camper vans are also available. Please see our site and social feeds for more info.


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