“Incredible” effort as over 89 000 kms covered in two-day NTT Partner Challenge

Team captained by Victor Campenaerts claim narrow victory in NTT Partner Challenge that also saw significant donations to the Qhubeka charity.

The NTT Partner Challenge incredibly saw over 89 000 kilometres covered by the more than by 700 participants in a unique event held on the weekend of 27-28 June, celebrating NTT Pro Cycling and its partners.

14 teams, consisting of approximately 50 people, set out with a target to cover as a minimum the total distance of the 2020 Tour de France (3470km). Each team was captained by a rider from NTT Pro Cycling, that drew fierce but friendly competition and wonderful engagement across various platforms.

Participants could undertake an athletic endeavour of their choice if they opted not to cycle, with a conversion table applicable for the likes of walking, running, swimming and paddle sports.

The top performing team was that of team captain Victor Campenaerts, with the Belgian’s squad covering an incredible 7592.60km.

The winning team consisted entirely of employees from Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise while Campenaerts was ably assisted by Enrico Gasparotto and Henok Mulubrhan (u23 rider) together with a number of staff members.

In second place was the team led by Roman Kreuziger who combined to cover 7475.8km, while in third was the team captained by Carlos Barbero who registered 7231.5km.

In total 89 481.193km was covered with all 14 teams individually exceeding totals over 5000km. The single biggest individual contribution was that of a converted distance of a staggering 801km.

Participants also took the opportunity to support the Qhubeka charity through making voluntary donations to the organisation. This donation page remains open, and has already committed to funding a minimum of 40 bicycles.

“I can’t believe what an incredible effort everyone put into the #NTTPartnerChallenge over the weekend. When we first thought about putting this together, the idea of covering the distance of the Tour de France (3470km) seemed a tough one, but the way in which we’ve connected our riders, staff and all of our partners has been incredible, and see us far exceed that,” said Doug Ryder, Team Principal.

“On behalf of NTT Pro Cycling we want to extend a huge vote of thanks to our partners, not just for the support over the course of the weekend, but for all of your incredible support over the course of the year, and as we look forward to the season resuming.

“To our team –  riders, staff as well as our full Continental team – you have all been phenomenal in doing your part to make this event such a great success, and I wanted say how proud I am of all of you.

“Finally, changing lives through bicycles is what we are passionate about, and the impact this challenge has made for Qhubeka is enormous. Together we have immeasurably improved and impacted lives, and that’s something that we can all be so proud of.”

Winning captain Victor Campenaerts, said: “I am super excited about this team win but, to be honest, it perhaps does not come as a real surprise. Our team had our bubble on Rainbow, we were really connected and everybody was doing massive efforts!

“It’s incredibly motivating to see and would have been hard to imagine another team could have done more…and luckily I was right.

“It’s also crazy to see how this challenge activated donations to Qhubeka! Simply an awesome effort not just by my team, but to everyone involved.”

Final standings:

  1. #TeamVCampenaerts – 7592,6km
  2. #TeamKreuziger – 7475,82km
  3. #TeamCBarbero – 7231,52km