76-year-old Olympic volunteer cycles 1,600 miles to Sochi

Frenchman Jacky Delaup, 67, cycled from his hometown in the French Alps to Sochi. (NBC/RTV)
Frenchman Jacky Delaup, 67, cycled from his hometown in the French Alps to Sochi. (NBC/RTV)

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (NBC/RTV) — A volunteer’s achievement at the 2014 Winter Olympics might put some of the athletes to shame.

Frenchman Jacky Delaup, 67, cycled from his hometown in the French Alps to Sochi.

That’s nearly a 1,600-mile trek, and it only took him 22 days to cross Europe unaided on his bicycle.

Delaup first cycled down Italy to Bari.

He then reached Albania by ferry, crossed into Greece and Turkey before riding up the Black Sea coast and arrived in Sochi last week.

Delaup was hired by Sochi organizers as a volunteer to help out on the ski jump venue.

He said he made the trek because he wanted to combine his two passions: cycling and ski jumping.

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