Frenchmen Gabriel Martin and Mehdi Balamissa arrived in Qatar for the 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 – where they hope France will retain the World Cup on 18 December.
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.”
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. Encouraged by their experience, the duo made it their goal to ride all the way to Qatar for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world.
Documentary filmmaker Balamissa said…