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Man Rides Bicycle from India to Russian for World Cup

Clifin Francis was sitting at home in southern India when a friend asked if he was going to the World Cup. "Of course," he replied. "I might even travel to Russia to watch the extravaganza." That was in August, but he had no idea how he would afford the air tickets from Kerala where he lives. Mr. Francis is a freelance math teacher and earns $40 a day.

"I realized I wouldn't have enough money to travel to Russia and stay for a month. Then I asked myself, what could be the cheapest way of travelling? Bicycle was the answer." Friends didn't believe him, but by then he'd made up his mind. On 23 February, he started on an epic journey that took him by air to Dubai, and then ferry to Iran. From there the Russian capital is still more than 2,600 miles away by bike.

The prize at the end—a chance to see his hero, Argentina's Lionel Messi, arguably the best footballer in the world.

Francis told the BBC, "I love cycling and I am crazy about football. I simply combined two of my passions. The change in plan cost me a lot. I could not take my bike to Dubai and had to buy a new one there which cost $700. It wasn't the best one for long-distance travels but that's all I could afford."

Potential Preaching Angles: Commitment; Dedication; Priorities— When you're truly committed to a goal, you will find a creative way to accomplish it.

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