- Would you want to ride the most challenging Karoo mountain passes, in the January heat?
- David Higgs and Grant Lottering are planning to do just that, and a lot more.
- Their very ambitious Cross Cape Im'possible Dream Tour is all about partnering with Reach for a Dream.
The Cross Cape Im'possible Dream Tour is the brainchild of the Im'possible Tour founder, Grant Lottering.
Lottering founded the first of his annual Im'Possible Tours in 2013 after suffering a near-fatal crash during a world championship preparation race in Trento, Italy.
Every year since, Lottering has pushed his own physical and mental boundaries cycling his now-famous solo Im'possible Tours in aid of charity. But this tour will be different.
Hot kitchen expert - hot riding partner
"When one of the country's best chefs, David Higgs, said he wanted to do a ride with me in aid of charity, I did not hesitate! I wanted to come up with something special," says Lottering.
"I have always wanted to do something involving the Cape Cycle Routes, an initiative of the Western Cape Government whose aim is to put the Western Cape on the map as the best cycling destination in Africa."
All the toughest Western Cape routes
From 15 to 17 January 2022, Lottering and Higgs will tackle the epic 742km Cross Cape Cycle Route across the Western Cape.
Starting in Plettenberg Bay, this route will take the pair through the coastal Garden Route to the arid Klein Karoo, through the Overberg and finishing in the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch.
The ride includes more than 10 200m climbing of energy taxing passes, linking gravel and tar roads.
The aim is to ride the route, which typically takes seven to 20 days to complete, continuously, in the fastest time possible within the three days.
If 742km is not hard enough, the duo has included the challenging Karoo Crossing in their attempt. This will add 358km and 7 320m of climbing between Knysna and Calitzdorp, crossing the infamous Swartberg Pass.
A truly Epic ride - for a great cause
When acclaimed South African chef, David Higgs is not running his restaurants or hosting the popular television show, My Kitchen Rules SA, you will find David on his bike.
"Reach for a Dream has always had a really special place in my heart, and I've done a lot of work with them in the past," says Higgs.
"When Grant approached me to do this ride, I didn't hesitate – especially since the proceeds were going to charity. Cycling is something that I do for my overall physical and mental health, and it's great to be able to combine these two things – and push the limits."
Higgs is aware of the challenge, but also keen on riding with Grant, to help shape his Cape Epic training regime, for 2022.
"It's not going to be an easy ride – there's lots of training to be done, and we're in peak season for the restaurants, but it's great practice for the Epic in March next year."