Two Frenchmen cycle 7,000 kilometers from Paris to support Les Blues at the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup.
Life changing journey from Paris to Doha took the due, Gabriel Martin and Mehdi Balamissa, 3-months.
Martin and Balamissa follow in cycle tracks of Argentinian quartet, who cycled 10,000km from South Africa.
Frenchmen, Gabriel Martin and Mehdi Balamissa, arrived on time to support Les Blues, the France national football team, at the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup after a ‘life-changing’ 7,000km cycle ride from Paris to Doha.
It took the duo three months to ride from the Stade de France to Lusail Stadium. The pair came up with the idea to ride to Doha after travelling from France to Italy for a UEFA Nations League match last year.
Speaking on their arrival in Lusail just days before the tournament, Martin said:
“It’s amazing to be here outside Lusail Stadium, where we hope France will win the World Cup for the third time – after claiming their first title at the Stade de France in 1998. It’s been a life-changing journey that took us to some amazing places like Istanbul, Petra and Jerusalem.”
Martin, a content producer, said:
“It was not an easy journey. We faced many mechanical issues with our bicycles and had to battle injury and fatigue – but those hardships made completing the journey even more special.”
Documentary filmmaker Balamissa said:
“We love football – and we also love riding our bicycles. We know they offer a great way to travel because you can cover great distances and take your time to enjoy your surroundings. It was a long trip – but thanks to the strength of our legs, we created memories that will last a lifetime.”
Martin and Balamissa follow in cycle tracks of an Argentinian quartet, who cycled 10,000km from South Africa to Qatar and Saudi adventurer Abdullah Al Salmi, who walked 1,600km from Jeddah to Doha in 55 days.