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Nico Valsesia
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Nico Valsesia

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  • NICKNAME: Nico
  • BIRTHDAY: 20 June 1971
  • HOME: Borgomanero
  • DISCIPLINES: Outdoor and Alpine
  • CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
    • first place overall - Italy Divide, the longest unsupported bicycle adventure in Europe, from Rome to Torbole (Trentino).
    • third place - RAAM - Race Across America, non-stop race from the West to the East Coast.
    • second place overall - RAAM - Race Across America, non-stop race from the West to the East Coast.
    • third place overall: Maratón trail del Meridiano (El Hierro, Canarie Islands, Spain)
    • first place overall: Thabor Trail, Monte Thabor (Val di Susa, Italy)
    • non-stop crossing of plateau Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), the saltiest and highest lake in the world
    • climbing record Ojos del Salado (Cile, 6.893 mt), the highest volcano in the world

ABOUT ME

I was born in 1971 and I love cycling, mountain racing, mountaineering, alpine skiing and skin mountaineering. I also have a crazy passion for endurance.

I work doing bike repairs and am a ski instructor.

I participated in 5 RAAM (Race Across America) and I hold different records From Zero To Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Mount Elbrus, Mount Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro. I have participated and have many victories in trail running competitions and I also won the ITALY divide gravel non-stop.

How do you recharge your batteries for the next challenge? 

I usually go high up in the mountains. The higher I go, the more I recharge my batteries. High up in the mountains is the most powerful medicine.

What’s your favorite quote? Why does this quote resonate with you? 

I wrote a book: “LA FATICA NON ESISTE” which means “Exertion doesn’t exist”. When you do something you love, strain doesn’t really exist and limits are only an illusion.

 What sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are today and were they worth it? 

In my opinion, a sacrifice is when I am not able to do what I want - to ski, to ride, to run or to climb. Otherwise it is always worth it.

How does your mindset (or attitude) influence your performance? 

Since my passion is endurance sports, concentration and mental effort are key elements.

What do you do when you aren’t skiing? 

I ride, run, climb...and I will shortly learn to fly.