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Triple?! Now that’s a worthy challenge #quadsofsteel

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Just when you though you’d seen it all:
https://www.strava.com/activities/9567369176

They don’t even have a badge for this thing!!

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“In a single activity”
That’s nuts :peanuts:
Surely that’s over 24 hours continuous riding… on a turbo…
Really :volcano:

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Tl:dr: Nope.

Like Knighthood allows for 10 minute breaks between bids Everesting whether irl or virtual does not need to be continuous.

In a way, it’s easier than Knighthood as the rules of Everesting have no time limit. You can take as long as you need to ascend your chosen hill AND you can take as many breaks as you’d like for as long as you’d like in order to complete the task.

In this way, it’s very doable for “normal” people like me who LOVE climbing but am in no way built for it physically.

The only rules about time are that it does have to be done as a single activity (i.e. you can’t spread it out over days or weeks etc) AND you are NOT allowed sleep (unless you’re doing a multiple where you’re allowed 2 hours sleep between each Everesting).

So while you can take breaks and make them as long as needed, each break adds up and adds add time to an already long and gruelling event.

Not being able to sleep is one of the things that make the challenge incredibly difficult. That and ALL that climbing. It’s exhausting both physically but even more so, mentally. You’ll find yourself, likely more than once, in a Very Dark Place. Many attempts have ended abruptly near 7000 metres gained as there’s still nearly 2000 more needed and by this point most people are already perilously close to their physical limits. Like the 7th video of a Knighthood quest, it’s more mental than physical at that point ( except there are still those pesky physical bits to get through).

There are Pro’s, men and women, who’ve done it and have gone on to break records in just how quicky it can be done. There’s an “art” to picking the perfect segment. Too steep and the climb will destroy your legs, especially on a road bike. Too short and you’ll need to do LOTS of repetitions. Too shallow and you’re adding extra distance and time.

Virtually, Alpe du Zwift is a “popular” choice given an average gradient of 8.5% and gain of 1036 metres over 12.2 km. Just over 8.5 reps will get you your 8848 and you’ll only have ridden 189 kms.

You can do it! There’s even badges for partial attempts…and a Hall of Fame…and kit for finishers❤️

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We have a cycling team here in Auckland who did a real Everesting…on the flattest road in Auckland. I unfortunately cant find their blog post on it, but it was a hilarious and insane effort. From memory there was something like 5m elevation gained over 10km. It took them a VERY long time.

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:joy: :rofl: :joy:

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:rofl: That’s unmitigated genius of the highest order…

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One of the things I like the most about Hells500 is their whole ethos is summed up by the statement: “how can I make this harder?”

There is no end to the tales of daring do, from double to triples to octuples, from road to MTB, to running assisted and unassisted to stairs to fatbikes, single speeds, townies, gravel, urban, short, long etc etc.

There’s a bunch of Sufferlandrians who’ve done it. Some irl, some virtually and some both. Nutz!!

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This crew are totally nuts. They also posted how much nutrition they went thru.
35,323 Kj consumed by the team
54 laps of the road
1,117 One Square Neals consumed. These are a local and hefty in calories muslie bar.
108 stops at pedestrian crossings
83 commuters caught a tow
31 dropped sram chains :rofl:
7 team mates (they did it as a TTT and I dont think they ever got the official Everest for a couple of reasons)
2 hours was the minimum duration for sitting on the front of the bunch before peeling off.

It took them 809km at an average of 33.6km/h and it took them over 25 hours !!! :scream: and check out my buddy Frank’s av weighted power! He is a 400 club boy tho but still, that is insane.

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Interesting you say this as, for me, this was my biggest problem!

Knighthood was relatively easy to plan as I could pick a finish time to fit in with life and work backwards from there to get an accurate start time. vEveresting just takes as long it takes, so had to plan around expectations and some generous padding if I slowed down to make sure I was done before family got home. Or give up, of course.

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Yeh, it’s “relative”, I guess. In no way is it easy. And, for me, planning was such a big part of both.

Where also for me, I have NO desire for another Knighthood whereas Everesting still attracts me. Having 3 full virtuals (one a 10k) and an irl Basecamp, I’m not quite ready to give it up entirely.

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