Conquering The Monte Grappa: 10 Ascents, 455km, 16,500m Climbing In One Ride

Will Strickson 22 Feb 2021 Jacopo Lahbi began 2020 as a middle-distance runner but a turn to cycling during lockdown led to him taking on an impossible challenge Jacopo Lahbi began 2020 with the aim of competing in the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics. We all know what happened next. With all competitions including the Olympics postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19 , Lahbi found himself refocussing. 'I realised the most important part of competition is the one against myself,' he said. He began cycling to maintain his fitness, with a turbo trainer helping him get through lockdown. While most cyclists would consider climbing the Monte Grappa a challenge, the task Lahbi, a middle-distance runner, set himself was seen as impossible. At 1,775m high, the Monte Grappa is the highest peak of the Grappa Massif in the northeast of Italy. There are 10 routes to cycle up the mountain, with ...

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