Andrea Tiberi is one of the most famous Italian professional bikers, someone who has tattooed the Olympic circles on his calf to remember that he was actually there, in Rio, when he finished the race in 19th position after beating a bigger opponent, despite having suffered 7 months before major surgery.
And when he talks about that period, Andrea Tiberi refers to Hervè Barmasse.
“Hervè, recounting his life as a mountaineer, spoke of the “lowest” and “highest” moments of his career/life, describing them as “0” moments and “8000” moments. It is clear that for a mountaineer the "8000" means the roof of the world... just as for an athlete it could be the podiums of the most important races. But the philosophy behind this metaphor is that we can also experience the "8000" moments by climbing a mountain of "only" 3000 meters... because perhaps the road we took to get there was so beautiful, difficult, demanding and exciting that once you get to the top, the emotions and satisfaction are equal to those felt by touching the roof of the world. On August 21, 2016, I crossed the finish line of that race in 19th place, which in itself would not make that day a “great result”. Except that day was one of the longest, hardest and most incredible journeys I've ever done. On August 21, 2016 at around 1.30pm (6.30pm here) I found myself "on the highest 8000" that I had ever climbed. This was the Olympics for me."
Born in 1985, Andrea is a champion both in the saddle and in everyday life. One of those guys used to never giving up, always looking ahead with courage and determination. Sport is his life. “When I'm not cycling, I climb; when I'm not climbing, I train on cross-country skis." He has a 360 degree passion for life in the open air. Tiberi ended his professional mountain biking career in 2020, but his love for cycling has certainly not waned, on the contrary it has strengthened as he moved from racing to discovery and travel.
“First project alone , a trip around Mont Blanc in 5 days starting from home and returning to Sauze d'Oulx, all in one go accompanied by a backpack and a small Miss Grape Node . Then I did a two-day "cycle trip".