I am undertaking one of the most extreme single day cycling challenges that there is to raise funds for the Douglas MacMillan Hospice in Stoke-on –Trent. This is Everesting.
8848 metres (29,029 feet) of ascent – 200km – 1 hill – a mountain bike – one day.
Everesting is the name given to a very specific cycling challenge, cycling up and down the same hill until the height achieved is the same as Mount Everest is tall, in one day. Everest is 8848m high, the equivalent of 643 double decker buses stacked on top of each other.
To make my attempt more difficult I’ve decided to do it off road. The hill that I have chosen is in Cannock Chase, it’s steep and unforgiving. I’ll need to ride up it 145 times and cover just over 200km. I’m estimating that it will take somewhere between 12 and 14 hours. For perspective, the hardest modern Tour De France mountain stage was in 1983 and climbed 6685m over a total distance of 237km.
In 2018 my uncle David succumbed to aggressive cancer. In the last few weeks of his life he was looked after by the Douglas MacMillan (Dougie Mac) hospice In Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Thanks to the Dougie Mac, David died with dignity, holding his big sister’s hand, in as little pain as possible, peacefully. It isn’t until you are personally touched by something like this that you really appreciate the remarkable service provided by these facilities.
The hospice is fantastic, it runs on donations alone. £20,000 will run one room for one patient per year. Every penny is used to make someone’s life, and their relatives’ lives, more comfortable and peaceful during an incredibly difficult time.
Spring bank holiday weekend, exact day will be announced closer to the time.
How can you help?
The attempt will require a lot of preparation, training and support. But mostly what it needs to do is raise money for the Dougie Mac hospice. If you can spare some money to help a great cause and help spur me on, please donate to the hospice here!