In a new video on the Global bicycle network Kanal, professional cyclist Max Stedman documents his attempt on Everesting; A simple but brutal challenge while driving, in which the corresponding gradient of Mount Everest (8,848 meters) is reached. The current world record that Stedman hopes to beat is 7 hours 4 minutes and was set by Ronan McLaughlin in July 2020.
Stedman chooses a section of hill with an incline of 17 to 26 percent. He has to drive it 60 times to cover the distance. It marks its braking point at the bottom and top of the hill, maximizing the efficiency with which it can maneuver its turns – accuracy is crucial here as it reaches speeds of over 100 km / h on the descent.
Stedman takes a sip of water or an energy drink once every round and an energy bar every three rounds. By the time he reaches halftime, he’s 15 minutes ahead of McLaughlin’s time.
“It’s a really difficult challenge,” he says GCN Commentator. “It really starts to bite, especially when you get into the back end.” He adds that core and back strength play a bigger role when riding against such a steep incline.
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Stedman finished the challenge in 7 hours 32 minutes. That’s 28 minutes less than McLaughlin’s world record, but he is does qualify for a new British record and his time will go down as the fourth fastest Everesting ever.
“This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “To be honest, I almost definitely got out.” He attributes “stubbornness” to staying on the bike even at the most difficult point of the ride. “Maybe next year we’ll give the world record another jump … Ronan McLaughlin has not broken the world record for the first time.”
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