Jaguar cars is claiming that last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome is the first person to cycle from the United Kingdom to France under the sea.
In a promo video for the car company Froome is shown cycling through the Eurotunnel in “Team Sky – Cycling Under The Sea."
Froome rode through the tunnel at a training-pace, completing the world first ride in a time of approximately 55 minutes and reached speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour.
Jaguar and Team Sky began discussions over six months ago with Eurotunnel. The service tunnel is one of the highest security sites in the UK and France.
Reflecting on his ride, Froome said: “Cycling under the sea was an incredible experience. Opportunities to become the first person in the world to achieve these kind of feats are extremely rare nowadays, especially as a pro-cyclist. To become the first person ever to cycle through the Eurotunnel was right up there with some of the most iconic rides I’ve ever done."
JLR Global Brand Experience Director, Mark Cameron added: “One of our core beliefs at Jaguar is themed around ‘Keep Pushing’ – for new technology, experiences, goals and achievements. This is perhaps the ultimate expression of this philosophy, completing a feat that no one has ever done before or is likely to repeat. We’re delighted for Chris to have had this opportunity, and I’d like to echo his thanks to both Team Sky and all at Eurotunnel who made it possible.”
John Keefe, Head of Public Affairs at Eurotunnel, was impressed with the results, also commenting: “The Eurotunnel is an incredible, unique piece of engineering on par with the Golden Gate Bridge or Sydney Opera House. The problem of course, is that no one gets to see it, so we were delighted when Jaguar Land Rover came to us with this ground-breaking request!”
Jaguar has been an official supplier to Team Sky since its inception in 2010. The company supplies Team Sky with a fleet of Jaguar XF Sportbrakes. These are cars, apparently.