Sunday morning, 26 May at 09:50am, Grant Lottering – survivor, international speaker and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador – arrived at the finish of his #xtremeSA2019 Im’possible Tour at Reuben’s & Co Restaurant, The Yard, at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley to huge applause of supporters, friends, sponsors and onlookers.
Lottering completed the single, non-stop, 1 314km ultra-endurance cycle from Patensie, just east of the Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape, to Paarl in the Western Cape, in 66hrs12min. Labelled as the most brutal, non-stop fundraising ride ever attempted in South Africa, Lottering cycled for three days and nights. He climbed 17 mountains, a total of 12 000m, while overcoming both tar and gravel sections on a road and mountain bike respectively, at an average speed of 19.9 km/h with only 2hrs50min of sleep.
Commenting at the finish, Lottering said this Im’possible Tour took every last drop of strength, determination and will power to complete. “I have absolutely nothing left. I had to endure levels of pain for hours on end, comparable only with my first Im’possible Tour in 2014 while still recovering from my near-fatal cycling accident in the Italian Alps in 2013.” Lottering added, “Fighting up the ruthless, and agonizingly steep Swartberg Pass before sunset on day two, after having already cycled 560km, almost destroyed me. It was when my support team came up next to me and read supporters comments from Facebook which inspired me greatly to continue, I will never forget that!”
Lottering was escorted for the entire 66 hours by his support team, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz X-Class. “I am humbled and amazed that five strangers can come together and spend four days in two cars, day and night, to support a crazy cyclist while remaining completely focused and committed to our goal,” said Lottering. “I would never have been able to complete this attempt without them there. I am so thankful and grateful.”
Lottering concludes: “Thank you very much to my sponsors, VO Connect, CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme, Universal Healthcare, Air Mauritius and Mercedes-Benz X-Class for the sponsorship and incredible support, and believing in the Im’possible Tour purpose of inspiring and challenging people.”
Aside from completing this brutal and extreme challenge, Lottering also managed to raise over R100 000 for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. To date, Lottering’s annual Im’possible Tours have raised over R2 million for this worthy organisation that fosters a love for sport in disadvantaged communities.
Morné du Plessis, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa Chairman says: “Well done to Grant on yet another amazing achievement – it was a great pleasure and tremendous honour to meet him at the end of his remarkable tour and witness the sheer emotion and happiness when he crossed the finishing line. It is without doubt the hardest Im’possible Tour that Grant has embarked on and we are all extremely proud to have him as a Laureus ambassador and would like to thank him once again for selecting the Laureus Sport for Good foundation as the recipient of his tour.”