The Pyrenean Baronnies11th January 2019
Our favourite local rides22nd February 2019
If you have a bike, you need to “Everest”...
t’s so hot right now… and if you’re a cyclist, you probably know (pretty much) what it entails; if you aren’t you probably wouldn’t understand.
Just in case… “Everesting” involves riding up a hill until you have risen majestically, heroically, relentlessly through the same height gain that you would if you started at sea level (say Bondi Beach, Goa, or Blackpool) and rode to the top of Mt. Everest; i.e. 8848m of height gain. To be clear; it’s the same hill, same side, same route repeated, time after time until the required number of metres have been ticked off.
There’s an official set of rules:
“One activity. No time limit. No sleep.”
so say the official club
. To be even more clear; this is a pointless undertaking, you will not win a prize, no one will really care (apart from a few other skinny lycra clad soulmates), no one who matters will find out about it – and your time could almost certainly be better spent doing something else. Oh yes – and it’s really, really tough. You will suffer.
That last point is where lies the appeal. Those of us who enjoy sitting on a saddle for longer than a normal working day, or spending hours grinding up a famous hill just to take a photo of a road sign, are strangely drawn to pointless suffering. That’s the point… And make no mistake “Everesting” is ultimate-suffer-worthy. I feel qualified to say that despite not having done it yet; I’ve got a few 5000m + ascent days in the saddle behind me and they were all leg crunchingly tough, nine hour affairs. An “Everesting” nearly doubles that ascent figure.
Those of us who enjoy sitting on a saddle for longer than a normal working day, or spending hours grinding up a famous hill just to take a photo of a road sign, are strangely drawn to pointless suffering...
So that is the gauntlet thrown, interest declared – I will do it, for several good reasons:
- It’s hard
- It’s pointless
- I need a challenge
- I need to get back into training
- Jens Voight has done it…
In terms of training, we are lucky to have some pretty serious (and famous) hills to ride up here, so:
1) Ride up hills.
2) Become less hippo like after Christmas
3) Most importantly - get the mindset - the mind drags the
body up this one.
And… to be continued; I have a hill in mind, have a date in mind. But there’s plenty of cols, and I would love advice from anyone who’s done it; which col did/would you choose, how to train, how to approach the day? Please get involved and leave your comments below as I have to do it now – I’ve written it on t’internet…..