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Cyclist Magazine Podcast: Episode 5 – How to go Everesting with Phil Gaimon

James Spender
2 Jul 2020

Former pro turned YouTuber Gaimon talks to the Cyclist Magazine Podcast about Everesting and we discuss the hardest rides we've ever done

Five, it’s a magic number, so to celebrate our fifth episode we’ve got our very first live guest, ex-WorldTour pro and king of the KOM hunt, Phil Gaimon.

Beamed into our living rooms via the magic of Zoom, we discuss with Gaimon the latest craze to sweep the cycling nation: Everesting. That’s right, repeating the same climb over and over again until you’ve virtually summited the World’s tallest mountain by gaining 8,848m in elevation. Some hill repeats.

Having hung up his Cannondale team jersey in 2016, Phil Gaimon began a self-styled ‘Worst Retirement Ever’, in which he scoured the globe for Strava KOM scalps, filming his attempts – some successful, some agonisingly close – and putting them out on social media.

Today the internet lists Gaimon as a ‘blogger’, which is not entirely unfair given his huge social following and influencer-like status. But it does overlook one thing: Gaimon is fitter than ever and has one serious scalp in his sights, that of regaining the World Everesting title which is currently held by Education First’s Lachlan Morton.

So how is he going to do it? Where will he do it? What bike will he ride? What will he eat? Will he sit down and watch an episode of Friends after?

James and Joe then discuss some of the hardest rides and sportives they have ever done (all of which are much, much harder than Everesting).

James discusses the time he retraced Stage 2 of the 1903 Tour de France, a 374km epic from Lyon to Marseille, while Joe talks about how riding the Paris-Roubaix Challenge left him with swollen fingers for a week.

Joe also mentions the Bergkonnig Vintage Festival in Switzerland. You can read more about that here.  
And if you want to read Joe's review of the Katusha Light rain jacket, that can be found here.

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