Non-stop fundrais­ing

SA’s miracle cy­clist tack­les world’s tough­est solo fundrais­ing ride a fourth time

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THE many moun­tain­bike rac­ers in KZN have a cham­pion they can look up to.

On July 2, Grant Lot­ter­ing will at­tempt his fourth Im’pos­si­ble Tour — a solo fundrais­ing ride in the French Alps.

Lot­ter­ing, Lau­reus Sport for Good am­bas­sador and in­ter­na­tional speaker, also known as the “miracle cy­clist”, will at­tempt to cy­cle over 40 moun­tains, climb­ing a stag­ger­ing 44 700 m, over a dis­tance of 1800 km, in un­der 96 hours, non-stop.

For his Im’pos­si­ble Tour IV, Lot­ter­ing will re­turn to the La Mar­motte Gran­fondo, the same race where he com­pleted his first Im’pos­si­ble Tour in 2014, and try to com­plete the de­mand­ing route not once, not twice, but 10 times non-stop.

At 174 km and 5 000 me­tres of climb­ing, the La Mar­motte is con­sid­ered one of the tough­est am­a­teur events in the world and com­pa­ra­ble to the most chal­leng­ing high moun­tain stages of the Tour de France.

The route in­cludes the Col du Glan­don (22 km), Col du Tele­graphe (13 km) and Col du Gal­i­bier (17 km), and fin­ishes on the sum­mit of the fa­mous Alpe d’Huez climb (13 km). Lot­ter­ing will have to ride over each of these moun­tains 10 times within four days.

Lot­ter­ing takes on these an­nual solo ul­tra-en­durance rides with the pur­pose of rais­ing funds for the Lau­reus Sport for Good Foun­da­tion.

Lau­reus fi­nan­cially sup­ports over 20 reg­is­tered com­mu­nity projects coun­try-wide which use sport to help young peo­ple carve out a safe and suc­cess­ful path in so­ci­eties bur­dened by the im­pact of HIV/Aids, un­em­ploy­ment, crime and strong cul­tural di­vides.

His 2016 Im’pos­si­ble Tour raised R1,1 mil­lion for Lau­reus, thanks to cor­po­rate spon­sors who “bought” each and ev­ery moun­tain along the route.

As a highly re­garded pub­lic speaker, Lot­ter­ing in­spires au­di­ences to recog­nise that their po­ten­tial is un­lim­ited and that we are all able to ac­com­plish what others con­sider im­pos­si­ble so long as we truly be­lieve and live our lives with pur­pose, com­mit­ment, fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Lot­ter­ing’s own story is liv­ing proof that when life takes a turn for the worse, you have a de­ci­sion to make — do some­thing with it or it will do some­thing with you!

In 2013, Lot­ter­ing sur­vived a near-fa­tal cy­cling ac­ci­dent dur­ing a world cham­pi­onship prepa­ra­tion race in Trento, Italy, when he crashed into a rock em­bank­ment at a speed of 60 km/h, suf­fer­ing se­vere in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­juries.

Doc­tors told him he would never cy­cle again, but Lot­ter­ing re­fused to ac­cept this prog­no­sis, and de­cided he would re­turn to the Alps in one year to fin­ish the race that al­most claimed his life.

Thus, the Im’Pos­si­ble tour se­ries was born, with Lot­ter­ing’s fourth solo at­tempt tak­ing place on July 2.

In 2016, Lot­ter­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted his third Im’pos­si­ble Tour, cy­cling 962 km non­stop from Cannes to Les Saisies Ski Re­sort in the French Alps.

He cy­cled over 20 Alpine moun­tains, climb­ing 19 840 m dur­ing the monster ride, com­plet­ing the chal­lenge in the un­be­liev­able time of 46 hours and 38 min­utes.

Pub­lic sup­port was mas­sive, with over 7 000 fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia track­ing Lot­ter­ing’s progress through the re­mark­able (and sleep­less) 48-hour chal­lenge.

This year Lot­ter­ing hopes to dou­ble the funds raised for Lau­reus, with the help of a num­ber of gen­er­ous cor­po­rate part­ners.

Im’pos­si­ble Tour IV — The World’s Tough­est Solo Fundrais­ing Ride — is proudly sup­ported by head­line spon­sors Mercedes-Benz South Africa, VO Con­nect and IWC Schaffhausen.

Lot­ter­ing also thanked the race or­gan­i­sa­tion and French Alps Sports Tourism for ar­rang­ing his race en­try with the front start group.

Find out more at www.grant­lot­ter­ing.com. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: QUIKCPIC

Grant Lot­ter­ing will at­tempt his fourth Im’pos­si­ble Tour — a solo fundrais­ing ride in the French Alps, climb­ing a stag­ger­ing 44 700 me­tres over a dis­tance of 1 800 km in un­der 96 hours, non-stop.

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