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Conquering Everest on the Isle of Wight: 38 ascents in 17 hours

Jack Elton-Walters
26 Jun 2017

Rider ascended one of the Isle of Wight's toughest climbs 38 times for charity

An endurance cyclist from the Isle of Wight has completed a gruelling Everesting challenge after ascending one of the Island's toughest climbs 38 times. Starting before 6am and spending much of the day pushing through a dense sea fog - with visibility below 10 metres for a time - Tim Wiggins kept riding, and after almost 17 hours conquered the challenge.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, 'Everesting' sees a rider gain the equivalent elevation - 8848 metres - of the world's highest peak during a bike ride.

To do so in the UK takes some careful planning, or ascents of the same climb over and over again.

Although Wiggins is known for riding huge mileage every week and for never shying away from adding an extra 10km on to the end of a training ride, this challenge carried the added motivation of being in aid of a good cause.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a charity based in Cowes, Isle of Wight that works nationally with young people recovering from cancer and all sponsorship collected by Wiggins for the ride will go to the Trust.

Click here to sponsor Tim

The rider was joined for some of the hill reps by other local cyclists, and friends and family appeared at different points on the climb to cheer him on.

With breaks for coffee, lunch and the call of nature it proved a long day out, and the ride took almost the length of daylight (not that he saw much of it) on almost the longest day of the year.

Local riders joined Tim for a few reps

If you're suitably impressed, sponsorship is still open. Or, if you fancy taking on a similar challenge of your own, some of the links below will help you conquer any climb. Even Everest (well, almost).

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