In Trento, Italy on 21 July 2013, Grant Lottering started the day racing to win and ended the day fighting to live. During a world championship preparation race in the Italian Alps, while descending the first mountain, he entered a wet corner at over 66 km/h and crashed straight into a rock embankment.
By the time the medical team arrived, Grant had lost consciousness and his heart had stopped beating. Surgery at the scene was required to enable assisted ventilation. Airlifted to the Santa Chiara Emergency Hospital in Trento, he spent eight days in ICU and 12 days in high care, before he was flown back to South Africa with medical assistance.
In only 11 months, after a miraculous and remarkable recovery, Grant returned to the Alps to attempt what he called the Im’possible Tour, culminating in successfully completing the Leggendaria Charly Gaul in Trento, Italy - the very race that almost claimed Grant’s life only one year before. Grant joins us in the loft to chat about his near-death experience and how, since then, he has been able to share this extraordinary story through motivational speaking.