Can you imagine cycling across the Dolomites, the Alps AND the Pyrenees, in just 22 days? Nope, neither can I. Now throw into the equation that you have just one arm and a leg AND you’re only going to take 1 days rest, in most peoples minds the challenge become near impossible, but not for Christian Haettich.
I came across this inspiring story earlier in the week where Christian Haettich managed to become one of only 10 cyclists to finish this gruelling amateur cycling challenge called the Haute Route.
In 1976 Christian was hit head-on by a car whilst riding a moped when he was 15-years-old, Christian lost his left leg from the hip downwards and left arm from just below the elbow.
This year Christian found himself cycling over 1,600 miles, completing 60 ascents involving 60,000m of climbing – that’s more than six-and-a-half times Mount Everest!
“Pedalling uphill with one leg is hard, it’s just push and pull - if I forget one, I fall!” Christian said
Now I’ve done a bit of cycling in the past but this just makes valley hopping across the Chilterns look like a stroll in the park. A story like this just goes to show that the sky really is the limit (literally). If we use the same mentality in life that clearly Christian has, we’ll all be able to reach heights that we didn’t even know were possible.
If you’d like to read the full article by the BBC, click here.