There are quite a bit of rules to everesting which are fully documented on everesting.cc .
Here are a few:
- If doing a climb that’s over 7% gradient on Zwift or similar a direct-drive trainer is required.
- Your weight should be documented and be accurate on the day.
- Your trainer difficulty should be set to 100%.
I decided to also fundraise for World Bicycle Relief.
I started my quest to vEveresting at the start of December.
Race day start was 2am eastern standard time on New Year’s morning 2021.
To complete vEveresting you have to climb the total elevation of Mount Everest which stands at 29,028 feet or 8848 meters. If doing the challenge virtually e.g on Zwift you have a few choices of climbs. The most epic is Alpe Du Zwift. With Alpe Du Zwift that meant I needed to complete 8.5 climbs. I choose to complete the .5 ascent first and continue doing the fulls all the way to the end which provided a more epic finish at the summit of ADZ.
As per breaks in this long battle, the descent from the summit of Alpe Du Zwift takes about 10 minutes so those were the occasions I opted to get off the bike and stretch, use the bathroom, shake out my legs and do a proper fuel replenish.
My wife who was assisting me on the day brought down needed items I wanted to our building’s garage. One of those items was a requested cup of noodle soup. If you’re reading this and are attempting this ride I highly recommend adding it to your nutrition plan. The salt content and carbs are the perfect solutions for endurance fuel.
The ride did not disappoint as per the challenging aspect. My last 4 climbs were surely in the sweet spot as I attacked the climb using a 34 – 34 gear ratio and didn’t change throughout the ascent and spin at 80+ cadence to loosen up on easier gradients.
It must have taken me at least 45 minutes or so to set up the “Pain Cave” for this momentous ride.
The best nutrition on the day was definitely Chinese noodles as mentioned earlier. Other nutrition choices on the day were coconut water, red bull, Gatorade, bars, water, salt tablets, and maltodextrin and accelerade.
Kids join in on the fun
Distance: 140.92 miles
Elevation: 29, 147 feet
Average power: 193 watts
Finish time: 15 hours, 44 minutes
|.5||n/a||approx. 47 mins|
|Lap 1||210 watts||123 bpm||1hr 28 mins||72 rpm|
|Lap 2||208 watts||130 bpm||1hr 29 mins||74 rpm|
|Lap 3||196 watts||134 bpm||1hr 35 mins||74 rpm|
|Lap 4||188 watts||127 bpm||1hr 38 mins||73 rpm|
|Lap 5||190 watts||128 bpm||1hr 38 mins||73 rpm|
|Lap 6||186 watts||125 bpm||1hr 39 mins||72 rpm|
|Lap 7||194 watts||129 bpm||1hr 36 mins||75 rpm|
|Lap 8||190 watts||127 bpm||1hr 37 mins||74 rpm|
|Avg. 195 watts (57% FTP)||73 rpm|
Everesting Merchandise: Everesting kit is ONLY ever available to those who have completed an epic. This kit signifies riders who have lent their blood, sweat, and tears in completing an epic.