Fake Bids Hamper Jaroslav Kulhavy Bike Auction

Andre Valentine |

Real bidders are being deterred thanks to extraordinarily high fake bids

Photo by Michal Cerveny.

Songo.info are once again auctioning off a unique bicycle to raise funds for their educational and sporting programmes. This year the custom 2017 S-Works Epic, which Jaroslav Kulhavy raced to second position in the Absa Cape Epic, went under the virtual hammer on an online auction taking place on www.songo.info. The auction kicked off on 6 December 2017 and will run until 15 December 2017.

Unfortunately the auction has been subjected to a number of fake bids overnight which left the highest bid being listed at 9 Million Rand. Though songo.info say they could “quite obviously make fantastic use of that amount of money if it was a legitimate bid,” the system is set up to list the highest bid and thus the fake bids are dissuading genuine bidders from supporting the programme.

The bike which Jaroslav Kulhavy rode to second position at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic is being auctioned to raise funds for songo.info. Photo by Michal Cerveny.

The fake bids have now been removed and the auction is live again, the current highest bid is R80 500. songo.info are now monitoring bidding to ensure that fake bids are identified and removed.

The bike is one of only two such machines in the world, custom built to Kulhavy’s exacting standards for the Epic. Based on the Epic platform, Kulhavy’s large size frame is the S-Works World Cup incarnation.

The paintwork incorporates both songo.info’s World Champion inspired rainbow livery and the iconic zebra stripes of Investec Asset Management. The high gloss black sections of the frame feature a rainbow flecking effect, as well as the names of some of the children within the songo.info programme.

The funds raised by the auction go directly to supporting the songo.info education and sports programmes in Kayamandi.