Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recently delivered a one-of-a-kind Transporter conversion to Michelin-starred chef Alan Murchison to support professional women’s cycling teams on tour. The personalized vehicle features comfortable sleeping facilities, covert cycle storage, premium culinary equipment, and stunning aesthetics.
The unique Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 conversion includes features for both luxury camping and premium cycling. It has been designed, engineered, and installed by CJL Leisure Vehicles; an industry-leading converter certified by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ new Motorhome Qualification Scheme.
Ideal for culinary expeditions and endurance training stints, the conversion van comes with storage for up to five bicycles in a sealed wet room with high pressure wash down for kit and equipment, a 40-liter top-loading fridge, and a sink with a fold-out gas stove.
It also features a La Marzocco Linea Mini coffee machine and grinder powered by a 3000-Watt inverter and two AGM batteries supported via a roof-mounted 350-Watt solar panel. Commenting on it, Cye Hayes, MD of CJL Leisure Vehicles, said: “We asked Alan for his ultimate wish-list and set about designing this into the available space offered by an LWB Transporter 6.1. Chef’s bespoke layout is based on the CJL ‘Adventure Competition’ conversion, which also features a stealth bike store / wet room, and camper facilities including a hob, fridge, and bed .”
Remarking further, Nick Axtell, Specialist Sales Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, added, “This unique conversion highlights the versatility of our award-winning Transporter, a reliable and highly customizable vehicle that perfectly suits the diverse needs of its customers. We’re delighted to confirm CJL Leisure as part of our Motorhome Qualification Scheme – as the number one manufacturer of campervans, we have a duty of care to our customers to drive better industry standards across the sector, especially at a time of huge growth.”
A veteran of the food industry and a World Duathlon Champion, Alan Murchison will use the Transporter to support professional women’s cycling teams. He said, “In order to travel across Europe supporting professional athletes, I need a vehicle that is suitable for long-distance travel in comfort, with ample storage space to support elite athlete nutrition combined with the ability to deliver a superb double espresso – this unique Transporter covers all these areas with ease. It expertly blends practicality with an intelligently designed interior and jaw-dropping exterior package. The brilliant use of space allows for truly premium facilities that comfortably meet all my needs; it finds solutions for problems I didn’t know I had!”