Visually-impaired athlete defies 'handicap' to focus on French mountain summits

David Labarre, 32 years old and former football five-a-side french international player, walks in the snow, as part as his training for his future expeditions, on December 8, 2020 in Boutx, southern France. (Photo by AFP)

Whether walking, climbing or pedaling in his native Pyrenees, visually-impaired athlete David Labarre keeps his objective of climbing and cycling to the summits of three mountain passes completely in focus.

Having conquered Mont Blanc in the summer of 2019, in June 2021 Labarre aims to reach three Pyrenean summits (Vignemale, Midi d'Ossau and a third one on the Spanish side) by associating mountaineering and cycling - in tandem with Frédéric Talieu - through some mountain passes made famous by the Tour de France.

His friends and family are so impressed by his adaptability that they claim, mockingly, he is a "swindler."

(Source: AFP)

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