Everesting is the new form of cycling, which is expanding more and more. LatinAmerican Post shows you what this demanding challenge consists of
The world constantly changes in all its activities and sport in any discipline, in this case, cycling, is no exception. More and more sports specialties that arise from the mixture of other more traditional and generally, involve greater physical exhaustion. Since the end of 2016 Everesting became fashionable, a very demanding modality on a bicycle.
The first thing we must clarify is that Everesting itself is related to Mount Everest, but it does not mean that you have to climb it in a bicycle, as it is technically impossible due to road conditions. Eltiodelmazo.com explains that Everesting must be done in one day and that the goal is to reach 8,848 meters of altitude gain by bicycle, which is the equivalent of climbing the popular Everest.
In turn, Planeta Triathlon defines it as a bike ride with a cumulative difference in altitude above Everest, the aforementioned 8,848 meters. In short, it is climbing a mountain to accumulate those more than eight kilometers of altitude.
The Planet Triathlon itself offers more detailed explanations about the modality. It is important to know that the routes can be of any length and on any type of mountain, but the competitor must select a single mountain obviously, which corresponds to a single route.
Two other important points of this practice are that the tours are not allowed in circular laps and that the descent is made by the same road that climbed. Finally, the ascent cannot be left halfway and only two models of bicycles are authorized to climb: the road and the BTT. Never think of trying it with an electric one.
In this regard, Todounmountainbike.net is a little broader and points out that this challenge can be met on a road bike, mountain, cyclocross or even BMX, regardless of the number of times you have to climb a port or the height of it to achieve the goal.
Where was he born?
According to the portal Eltiodelmazo.com, the Everesting comes from the grandson, George Mallory of George Leigh Mallory, a British climber pioneer in trying to reach the top in the Everest of the Himalayas. Mallory passed away in its third attempt in 1924 but some versions assure that yes it arrived at the top, although it was not verified officially. Whoever won the title of first official conqueror of Everest, was the New Zealander Edmund Hillary in May 1953 together with the Nepalese Tenzing Norgay.
Mallory's initiative was quickly replicated in the world by Dutch cyclist Andy Van Bergen. Advertising, plus that of the Strava Foundation, have done the rest and this sporting challenge is a reality, as well as having very simple rules. You have to accumulate 8,848 meters of altitude, which can be in the ascents that are necessary. In fact, anywhere in the world, you can mark your Everesting.
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Who has achieved it?
According to BBCMundo.com, the Chinese cyclist, JJ Zhou, became the first to complete the stretch on the same slopes of Everest, pedaling at an average height of 5 thousand meters. Making reference in the article to how demanding it is to achieve it because, in the most complicated stages of events such as the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia or the Tour of Spain, high summits of 3,000 meters high are slowly climbed.
The mentioned publication gave as an example to the Spanish cyclist Javier San Emeterio, who achieved an Everesting in October 2016 in Madrid. There were 15 climbs to Morcuera in 13 hours, a distance of 268 kilometers and 9,921 calories spent to total 9 thousand meters of altitude difference.
Another example is highlighted by Diario Vasco, which also cites a very interesting fact, which is that, in some stages of the great cycling competitions, the professionals are between 4,000 and 5,000 meters in height. Another Spanish cyclist, Néstor Arana, got Everesting in 2016, climbing 21 times and a little more, the Erlaitz mountain.
Shortly before trying again, he said "putting 51 Erlaitz one after another is 385 kilometers, between 35 and 40 hours. The previous experience was 150 kilometers and eleven hours. This time the figures are much higher. I will put a lower rhythm. The idea is to go up quietly and make some stops every ten ascents, more or less. "
Arana has already gained popularity in regards to sporting challenges, following her Everesting in 2016, and the 10,000 challenge and then the 540 kilometers in 18 hours in 2017, although she assures that she does not do so by becoming a recognized figure. "I never have the intention of doing another challenge the following year, although it does help you get out and ride a bike. Although we love it, there are days that you do not feel like it and it helps you to motivate yourself, "he concluded by saying to Diario Vasco.
LatinAmerican Post | Onofre Zambrano
Translated from: '¿Subir el Everest en bicicleta? ¡La locura ciclística que mueve al mundo!'