Everesting

What is Everesting?

The successful summit of Mount Everest was made by the famous Sir Edmund Hillary & Tensing Sherpa, however, some believe that George Mallory made the summit first but was found dead sometime later, minus his photo of his beloved wife & therefore stating he had made it to the summit where he had left the photo as promised but sadly died descending. Truth is we will never know. The Grandson who is honoured to be named with the same famous name as his climbing Grandfather George Mallory became an avid cyclist and decided to attempt an Everesting summit in as quick a time but on 2 wheels. The challenge involved cycling to the same altitude of Everest in ascent, 29,029ft.

Ascending

The challenge begins when you start trying to find a hill that isn’t too steep but steep enough to give you good ascent in a shortish distance. A low % hill and you’ll be cycling for much longer, too steep a hill and you’ll crash & burn those leg muscles within the first few hours. Averaging 2,000ft an hour and you’ll be riding for over 15 hours not including breaks. A good steady segment is the answer…….finding one not already everested or one that you have tried and tested is essential, go the extra mile, or an extra 1,000ft to exceed 30,000ft and you’ll enter the Elite Hall of Fame.

Training for Up

Training for distance is methodical, reaching a landmark distance is mentally rewarding, building up mile by mile, week by week or month after month, trying to reach an ascent worthy of a good training session takes planning and pre-training. Having distance in your legs is a good foundation, having some mental attitude to stamina and belief is another notch on your cycling handlebars. Sportives are wonderful benchmarks of achieving both distance and usually a perfect combination of ascent, entering a few each year keeps you on your toes with the cycling distances as training sessions. I find squats are a perfect fitness workout when training for both running and long distance rides, I find my legs tell me I’ve just cycled 200 miles but don’t ache as much as they would after a 75 mile ride with little preparation in training. Starting training for a 100 mile ride would begin 8-12 weeks in advance, training for a 150-200 mile ride 12-20 weeks and it’s these sort of distances that prepare the mind for such a crazy attempt to cycle for ascent.

Veloviewer & Hells 500

Each Everesting has the opportunity to enter a Hall of Fame once the ride is confirmed as legitimate and legal.

It takes a hellava lot of blood, sweat, and tears to bust your way into the hall of fame but whichever way you slice and dice, it’s still 8,848m!

Finishers enter into one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, and gain access to a range of sweet kit to commemorate the achievement.

The Top 10 Everesting rides courtesy of Eversting.cc and Hells500.com the true “Keepers of the Cloud” and makers of Everesting.

 

HIGH ROULEUR’S SOCIETY
The concept of entry to High Rouleur’s Society is simple. Pick any route, loop, or combination of roads and ride until you reach 10,000 vertical metres (32,809 feet). There are two ways you can rack up your 10,000m vert for your entry into the High Rouleur’s Society.

The Limit: One single unbroken ride of more than 10,000m vertical. No time restriction, no distance requirement, no sleep allowed. This approach is all about finding the boundaries of what is possible in a single ride.

The Journey: More than 10,000m vertical in less than 36 hours, with a minimum of 400km. Sleep is allowed (while the clock is ticking), and in fact it should form part of your strategy! This approach is all about the joy of plotting something epic and unusual. With the ability to start the two days in different locations you should be getting creative with what can be achieved.

THE GREY STRIPE
This stripe signifies Hells 500 riders who have completed either an everesting, or have notched up more than 10,000 vertical meters in a ride to enter the High Rouleur’s Society. Either way it’s bloody tough. They have put their blood, sweat, and tears into that sucka. When you see the grey stripe out on the road you know you are looking at one hard bastard.

Mount Everest at 29,029ft

Find your Everest routes on Strava or Veloviewer…….train hard, the more up the less time, the less ascent the longer the distance……it’s tough no matter how you tackle it……one thing for sure is WHEN you get there, you’ll deserve the Kudos and the “Grey Stripe”.

My first Everesting training session came just 11 days after completing the London 2 Paris 24 hour cycle and the Paris Half Marathon so the legs were not their best but as the cliché goes “no pain, no gain”. I will be attempting the Everesting cycle in my local County of Somerset, we are blessed with surrounding hills so there’s hundreds to choose from and with the clocks now changing the lighter evenings gives everyone longer in the seat without certain restrictions.

I chose a very local 14% slope for my 1st training session and aimed to cycle 5,000ft in 3 hours, so, the result after 2 hours and 50 minutes was very pleasing, the 2nd training session will be split 3-4 weeks apart. The results from Everesting Training session 1: “Anson Col de Mare” in Weston-Super-Mare.

Strava Everesting Training Ride

  • Distance: 22.6 miles
  • Moving Time: 2 hours 50 mins
  • Elevation: 8,763ft ascended
  • Average Speed: 8mph
  • Max Speed: 26.8 mph
  • Road Bike: Team Carbon 2016
  • Calorie Intake: 50g of Carbs per hour (Banana/Flapjack/Brioche/Chocolate)
  • Fluid Intake: 600ml Sports Drink
  • Protein Drink: 250ml Yazoo Drink
  • Water: 250ml Water
  • Strava Activity: Everesting Training

Conclusion to my Everesting training session #1: I found that my handlebars will require adjusting to accommodate pain in wrists from repetitive breaking during fast descents. Wearing gloves was essential as pulling on bars while ascending and breaking when descending takes it’s toll. Additional brake blocks will be required for the Everesting Challenge. I maintained a good level of carbohydrate and fluid intake throughout the short ride and felt strong after the ride, the calorie burn for this ride is very high and therefore monitoring both fluids and carbs is essential. The 14% hill is quite steep to continue throughout the planned time frame but is a great start to what will be an epic challenge. Adventuring into the unknown on such a ride is so rewarding, session 2 is fast approaching and I’m already quite excited about the outcome and estimating to achieve in excess of 15,000ft in a single ride to me sounds somewhat crazy but achievable with good planning and more hard work in the saddle. Cycling with additional riders helps overcome the various times and moments your mind asks the same question over and over……Why am I doing this? Sharing in the moment is additional fun and simply adds to the banter as each of you hit walls at different times.

Start off slowly, stay in the saddle for as long as your legs will let you, stretch your legs out by getting out of the saddle every 20 minutes, have your support kit of food/drinks/additional cycling kit at the top or bottom of ascent to prevent stopping mid segment. Eat and drink plenty 24 hours prior to your actual ride. I would love to hear from others who are also planning the Everesting ride this year, those who have already joined the elite list of successful cycling summits and those that have tried but failed.

British Adventurer Jason Smith

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