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FEATURE ❘ EVERESTING


during darkness. Somewhere during these laps, Colin’s heart monitor and cadence sensor began to fail, removing the self check we were using to ensure our pedals were moving at the correct speeds. During the ascent, Colin and I were in high spirits and conversing all the way about sports, beer and boys antics…………and current affairs! At some point I mentioned to Colin that “I have no respect for people who give up and do not push themselves” and that “I don’t mind people getting things wrong as long as they pushed 100% and learn for next time”. I didn’t think too much at the time about these lines but it turned out they were to be more than just words.


Climbing the mountain during the night is quite an experience. There are a lot of people that go up the mountain at all times of the day. Fortunately there was not too much in the way of crazy driving! The local army followed us for a bit and around 20 hours later we saw them going the other way, I would have loved to know what they thought of us. At the top you would meet


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people from all over the world curious as to what exactly you were doing. The tales are epic and everyone enjoys taking pictures and sharing bike stories. During climb four, Colin was beginning to have some doubts about finishing it. It was now the small hours of the morning and he thinks he even managed a couple of seconds sleep whilst pedalling. This is quite some feat bearing in mind we were climbing around 10-12kph! At the top of this climb he mentioned he was starting to break, but the words I spoke on one of the earlier laps were keeping him going! A swift decent of the mountain had us at basecamp, coffee on and refuelling again. At this point Colin changed over his cassette from a 24 tooth big ring to a 28 in order to provide a better gear ratio for the next climb.


Lap 5 saw the 3 of us set off up the hill again, by now, we were riding with headphones and at different speeds and regrouping at some of the hairpins. Nick was on a hartail mtb, Colin was spinning free on his 28 tooth big ring and I was grinding out


the 25. During the ride, we would see the moon go down and the spectacular sunrise over the mountains. We broke the top of the climb some 11 h 22 minutes from set off and we were starting to feel fatigued, hungry and the owners of multiple aches and pains in some very strange places. At around 7.30am, whilst resting on the tarmac, Philipp arrived at the top. This would provide a much needed boost to spirits. We descended with the knowledge that Philipp would be joining us on the next ride.


Lap 6 would be the one that broke us, the temperature (peaking at over 40c) had risen and the sun was shining down on our backs. The daytime provided easier descending conditions but being able to see how far was left on each climb was soul destroying. This climb was the one that would test our commitment. At the top Colin was broken and talked about giving up again this time albeit a little more seriously. Colin stated that if it were not for my earlier words of wisdom about giving up (which was not related to us and this event) he would


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