Having cycled 7,000km from Lisbon – the most westerly capital in Europe – to Baku – the continent's easternmost capital – Jorge Cristóvão deserved a reward. He duly received one on Wednesday night in the form of tickets to the Opening Ceremony of the first European Games.
The sports-mad Portuguese cyclist was among a host of VIP guests at the Baku 2015 European Hospitality Club, which was officially opened by the First Lady of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee, Mehriban Aliyeva.
Cristóvão and the First Lady were joined by Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees and Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer, Simon Clegg, at the opening event.
The Club, which is located close to the city's famous Boulevard, will host VIPs, dignitaries and sponsors during the first European Games.
Cristóvão, 53, who undertook his mammoth challenge in order to spread awareness of the Games, was presented with two tickets to Friday’s sold out Opening Ceremony.
After leaving Lisbon on 10 April, Cristóvão pedalled through Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Along the way he carried a Portuguese flag presented to him by the Olympic Committee of Portugal’s Chef de Mission, José Garcia. It will be used by the Portuguese delegation’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony.