At 10am on Saturday, the last day of October, endurance cyclist extraordinaire Grant Lottering started marching up to the top of a hill and down again. And then he will do it again. And Again.
The mountain will be the gravel roads of the Montagu Pass outside George. The reason, as with so many of Lottering’s challenges, will be to raise funds for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which seeks to fulfil the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses. He will attempt to ride up and down as many times as possible in 24 hours.
Lottering survived a horror crash during a race in Italy in 2013, hitting a rock face at 60km/h. He died on the scene, but was revived. As the Laureus site describes it: “Grant suffered two compound fractures to his spine, 12 rib fractures, a fractured sternum, two compound fractures of his right femur, multiple fractures of his shoulder blade and clavicle, crushed shoulder, collapsed lungs and thorax, internal bleeding in abdomen and spleen and ruptured veins in his neck and right arm. He underwent six operations and 83 rehabilitation sessions.”
During his recovery he told himself he had a chance to restart his life, and began challenging himself and raising funds for charity.
The ride, which he has called #24hour4dreams, will begin at the George Toll House at the foot of the Pass at 10am on October 31. Each ascent is 6.4km with 432-metres of ascent. It is not an easy ride, the time notwithstanding. The descent, particularly at night, will be hazardous.
AllOverTheBarShouting caught up with him a few days before his attempt.
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