On 1 September, miracle cyclist Grant Lottering is setting out to conquer both the French Pyrenees and Alps, in one ride, for his 2018 Im’possible Tour in aid of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Lottering has given himself just 72 hours to cover the 1 480km distance, which includes summiting 32 mountains, with a total elevation gain of 26 470m, effectively riding up Mount Everest three times.
Dubbed #pyrenees_alps18, Lottering’s 2018 Im’possible Tour will be brutal, spanning the two celebrated mountain ranges that have humbled even the greatest of Tour de France riders. He will begin his attempt from Laruns in the Pyrenees, which will host a Tour de France stage this year, before finishing at Les Saisies in the French Alps.
This ambitious goal is made possible through the support of Lottering’s title sponsors VO Connect, Mercedes-Benz SA and Air Mauritius.
Since his horrific, near-fatal crash in the Italian Alps in July 2013, Lottering has repeatedly demonstrated what it means to persevere and overcome. In the last five years, he has endured 10 surgeries, suffered hypothermia during his 2017 Im’possible Tour, survived emergency cancer surgery in 2016, and recovered after a training accident in December 2017 which separated his AC joint in his shoulder, requiring two surgeries.
In 2016, Lottering did what many considered impossible and rode the French Alps in one go, a distance of 962km which he completed in 46 hours of continuous riding. This year, he’s warming up to do it again, by traversing the entire Pyrenean mountain range first.
As final preparation for his 2018 Im’possible Tour, Lottering is challenging himself to ride up and down the famous Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps as many times as possible within 24 hours. Starting at 12 noon on 5 August, the #24hourHuez is the first edition in his ’24 Hour Challenge’ series.
Lottering’s annual Im’possible Tours have raised nearly R2 million to date for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and seen him share his remarkable story with corporate audiences in over 10 countries worldwide.
Lottering is determined to make the 2018 edition his best Im’possible Tour yet and once again prove that with passion and purpose, nothing is impossible.
Article by Into Cycling Newspaper