Nico Valsesia

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NAME: Nico Valsesia 
NICKNAME: Nico 
BIRTHDAY:  20 June 1971 
HOME: Borgomanero 
DISCIPLINES: Outdoor and Alpine  
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
Italy Divide, the longest unsupported bicycle adventure in Europe, from Rome to Torbole (Trentino):

  • 2018 first place overall 

RAAM - Race Across America, non-stop race from the West to the East Coast:

  • 2014 third place 
  • 2006 second place overall 

Ultratrail:

  • 2014 third place overall: Maratón trail del Meridiano (El Hierro, Canarie Islands, Spain) 
  • 2013 first place overall: Thabor Trail, Monte Thabor (Val di Susa, Italy)
  • 2012 non-stop crossing of plateau Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), the saltiest and highest lake in the world 
  • 2006 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. 

MORE: 

  • 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.