53y/o Portuguese cyclist hits Berlin on 4,500km ride to the World Cup

Fifty-three-year-old Portuguese cyclist Helder Batista made it to Berlin on Thursday, on his bike tour to Moscow for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Setting off from his hometown of Alenquer, 40km (25mi) north of Lisbon on May 5, Batista is en route to reach the Russian capital on June 20, where he will watch the Portugal — Morocco match. «I am doing this crossing firstly because I wanted to... Еще fulfill a dream of mine which is to do a crossing of Europe. Secondly, to support the Portuguese team in the World Cup. Thirdly and most importantly to me, helping Acreditar, an association which helps children with cancer,» Batista explained. The month-and-a-half-long journey will see him cycle a whopping 4,500km (2,800mi) through eight European countries before reaching the Russian capital.

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