Corporates and conference organisers all over the world are inviting Grant Lottering to share his incredible journey. How he has gone from death to riding further and higher than most people ever thought possible in such a short period of time?
His story inspires and motivates individuals and corporate teams to change the way they think about themselves and their abilities, and to step beyond the comfort zone.
Every year Grant undertakes a solo non-stop “Im’possible Tour”, pushing himself to the limit, and beyond, to inspire and encourage others that we can accomplish what we consider to be impossible.
“July 2014, the first Im’possible Tour – ‘from death to the top of the alps in one year’ was my biggest challenge ever on a bike. Never in my life have I had to dig so deep, and endure as much pain, as I did during my 1st Im’possible Tour.” The tour culminated in succesfully completing the Leggendaria Charly Gaul in Trento, Italy on 20 July 2014, the race that almost claimed his life only one year ago. Racing past the very place where he crashed a year before, was to him, his biggest victory ever on a bike!
The impossible was made possible in July 2014.
In August 2015, only two years since his near-fatal accident which left him dead before being miraculously revived, he completed his 2nd Im’possible Tour while still undergoing shoulder surgery. Grant became the first South African to complete a solo non-stop 418km ride through the French Alps in under 24 hours, climbing over 10 alpine mountains with an accumulative height of 9864m in only 19 hours and 31 minutes.
On 4 August 2016 Grant broke another record, successfully completing Im’possible Tour III – Grant needed to ride 1000km solo from Cannes to Les Saisies Ski Resort in under 48 hours. The route included 20 alpine mountains and 20,000m of climbing. With huge international support, the question was would he be able to make it?
Make it he did, finishing at Les Saisies on 4 August 2016 after 962km, 19,410m of climbing, in an astonishing time of 46hrs 17min, having ridding continuously through two consecutive nights. Another first. Over R1,2m was raised in the process for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
In July 2017 after 20 hours and 409km he had to abandon his 4th Im’possible Tour in the Alps due to hypothermia, but returned on 1 September 2018 for his 5th Im’possible Tour, cycling the length of the French Pyrenees and Alps non-stop in less than 72 hours, another world first. He covered 23 mountains and climbed a vertical height of 21,484m, while only sleeping for 3 hours and 40 minutes during his attempt. Described as astonishing and remarkable, he succeeded in spite undergoing 2 further shoulder surgeries as recent as February 2018.