Grant Lottering, accomplished ultra-endurance road cyclist and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, is bringing his legendary Im’possible Tour to South Africa for the very first time.
In May 2019, Lottering will attempt to ride 1 340km through the Cape, climbing 17 mountains – almost 16 000m – in a non-stop single ride. He aims to finish this unforgiving journey in under 96 hours, making it the most extreme solo fundraising ride ever undertaken in South Africa.
Lottering’s vision with his Im’possible Tour is simple – to inspire, to challenge, and to be relevant – which is exactly what he has done in the five Im’possible Tours since his near-fatal cycling accident in July 2013 in Italy.
In 2016, Lottering cycled 962km non-stop in only 46 hours, climbing 20 of the most merciless Alpine mountains in all of cycling folklore for his third Im’possible Tour. A feat never before accomplished. After overcoming cancer, Lottering then embarked on his fourth Im’possible Tour in the Alps in 2017, but acute hypothermia forced him to abandon his attempt after cycling only 410 of 1 800km.
Resilience, tenacity and a refusal to give up saw Lottering return to the French Alps and Pyrenees in September 2018. He completed an astonishing 967km non-stop ride over 21 Pyrenean and Alpine mountains in only 47 hours, despite two further shoulder surgeries in January 2018.
What better way to live up to the ‘impossible’ standard than by incorporating on-road and off-road riding into his next tour, the first to take place in South Africa? Titled #xtremeSA2019, this year’s tour is made possible by sponsors, VO Connect, Compcare Medical Scheme, Air Mauritius and Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
On 23 May 2019, Lottering will set off from the small town of Patensie in the Eastern Cape and traverse the Baviaanskloof westward before finishing in the Cape winelands near Stellenbosch, a staggering 1 340km later.
Lottering’s route will include 17 mountains and close to 16 000m of climbing, a feat never before attempted in South Africa. Notwithstanding the fact that this intense ride will include almost 890km of gravel roads and 450km on tar, Lottering has set himself a 96-hour time frame to arrive at the finish. Should Lottering succeed in this attempt, it will surely go down in the record books as the most brutal single ride ever completed in South Africa.
Lottering’s annual Im’possible Tour has become widely known for its extreme brand of fundraising, reaching over 21 million people through broadcast and print media and raising almost R2 million for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation to date.