On Saturday, 1 September 2018 at 13.00, Grant Lottering will depart from Laruns in the French Pyrenees on a non-stop solo ride through the Pyrenees, Provence and the Alps. He will have to ride day and night over 32 famous Tour de France mountains, climbing 26 000m and covering a total distance of 1 480km, in just 72 hours.
Lottering, a Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador and ex-professional cyclist, survived a near-fatal cycling accident during a race in Italy in 2013. Breaking 22 bones and suffering severe internal injuries, he was told cycling again would be impossible. Five years and 10 surgeries later, this will be Lottering’s fifth Im’possible Tour.
In 2016, he rode the length of the French Alps from Cannes to Geneva, climbing 19 680m over 20 alpine mountains non-stop, completing the 962km challenge in 46 hours and 18 minutes.
Lottering says he is ready to push the limits of his physical and mental boundaries for this year’s Im’possible Tour – the #pyrenees_alps18 – which will be his greatest challenge yet. “Mentally and physically, I am better prepared and more determined than ever before. I am truly excited to start the #pyrenees_alps18 and raise as much money for Laureus as possible,” says Lottering.
Over the past four years, his annual Im’possible Tours have raised close to R2 million for the Laureus Foundation, who uses sport to help children across the world overcome poverty, drugs, war and HIV/AIDS.
Lottering’s remarkable story has reached over 19 million people in broadcast and print media, bringing hope and inspiring millions as he continues to share his story of perseverance, commitment and overcoming with audiences across the world.
“We are all capable of so much more, if we only believe!”
To follow Lottering’s incredible journey or get involved by contributing towards his fundraising goal, please visit www.grantlottering.com and follow him on social media (#pyrenees_alps18).