Everesting is cycling's answer to mountaineering. The concept is to ride up and down the same climb until you reach the same elevation meters as Mount Everest, 8848.
It is a real challenge. Craziness in many people's eyes. On the same time, it is getting really popular and both pro riders and less experienced riders are putting the challenge on their bucket list.
This summer I had a very nice chat with Andy van Bergen, the godfather of Everesting. He told us what the concept really is, how is all came together, and shared some stories from the most extreme attempts he heard about.
How to Everest?
Everesting is all about riding the elevation gain similar to Mount Everest, 8848 meter. You can do it in a long or short hill, locally or exploring new places.
You can take rest stops, but sleeping is not allowed. In other words, you have to do the challenge in one single ride.
For most people, an Everesting attempt will take about 14-20 hours. The world record is now 6:59:38 set by Sean Gardner, in Virginia, USA. Emma Pooley has the fastest time by a women, 8h 53min in Haggenegg, Switzerland.
The most crazy ones aren't stopping on 8848 meter, but continue to Double Everesting – 17. 696 meter, or Trippel Everesting – 26.544 meter!