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Actual Everesting just too much fun? Suffer up virtual Everest with Floyd Landis instead

Will Strickson
17 Nov 2021

Brand new indoor training platform Race Republic launches Everesting challenge with riders attempting to climb a virtual Mount Everest

Have you ever thought that Everesting attempts with descents are cheating? Well, probably not given there is literally only one mountain in the world that long, and it's not exactly rideable. That is until now.

New indoor training and event platform Race Republic has launched the Everest Challenge, where partipiants will virtually ride a virtual 'photo-realistic' Mount Everest with a choice between a 50-mile 12% or 100-mile 6% course to reach the 8,849m (29,032 feet) total.

The views will include Everest basecamp, the Khumbu Icefall and the Hillary Step as well as sherpas, yaks and yetis and there will literally be no rest, with climbing the whole way.

For that reason, the world record will certainly be broken so the race is on. From the start on 31st December the first man and women to break the record will be rewarded with $5,000, though if multiple people break the 6:40:54 or 8:33:47 times on the day, the fastest times before 31st January 2022 get the money.

If you're not a complete masochist you can actually pause your effort and pick it up again other day to just enjoy(?) the experience.

If it's good enough for Alberto Contador...

Former pros Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie will be taking part – with Landis's CBD company Floyd's of Leadville sponsoring the event and offering a prize to the rider who can climb the furthest in an hour. Race Republic's Mark Jensen has predicted that the 46-year-old Landis will break the record.

There's no word on whether he will be aided by CBD – or any other substance for that matter.

For more information and to sign up for the challenge visit