Everesting: the Ultimate Riding Challenge

Everesting: the Ultimate Riding Challenge

What do you think about a different type of biking challenge, about one that would put your mind and body to the ultimate test? If it sounds appealing to you, then maybe it’s time to consider Everesting.

Cycling in Britain is experiencing an unprecedented period of popularity. Inspired by track and road elite cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy, thousands of Brits have hit the road in search of better health and fitness.

There’s something else that is typical for this new breed of cyclist and that’s a desire to tackle new challenges to test that fitness – just observe the explosion in the number of sportive rides all around the UK. You can ride a certified course, usually from 50 to 100 miles with varying degrees of climbing difficulty. But what if you’re an experienced sportive rider and want to push even harder?

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Everesting involves riding up the equivalent height of Everest (29,002 ft/8048m) in a single try.

In the relatively flat Britain, many cyclists are inspired by the big continental climbs and cycling some of the well-known mountainous stages of the Tour de France is becoming more and more popular for those in search of something more.

The downside is the money, time and organisation needed to take yourself and your bike abroad. But in fact, you don’t really need to take your passport out for some thrilling ascending action.

If you’re in search of the ultimate challenge in your vicinity, there’s another option – Everesting. As the name suggests, Everesting involves riding up the equivalent height of Everest (29,002 ft/8048m) in a single try.

Of course, there’s no Everest in Britain, so this means choosing a hill and pedaling up and down it repeatedly until your total ascent surpasses its height. The great thing about this is that you can Everest on any hill you select, and if you choose a hill that’s reasonably near, there are relatively few logistical problems to deal with.

But make no mistake, achieving an Everest ride is a serious and tough mental and physical challenge. Anybody who has climbed only 10,000ft during a ride will tell you, the total height climbed during a ride can be much more sapping on your legs than the total distance covered.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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