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Another weekend passes, another Everesting record falls

Joe Robinson
26 May 2020

This time the fastest Eversting attempt by a woman, now held by Boels-Dolmans' Katie Hall

Another weekend of social distancing and lockdown passes, another Everesting record falls. This time the fastest Everesting record for a woman, now held by Katie Hall of Boels-Dolmans.

The American rider managed to tick off the necessary 8,848m of elevation with repeated effort on the Bonny Doon climb close to Santa Cruz, California.

Hall took 10 hours 1 minute to complete the task at hand, beating the previous women's record of 12 hours 32 minutes held by the UK's own Alice Thomson by over two hours.

The 33-year-old decided to complete her Everesting challenge on the climb of Bonny Doon, which at 3.8km in length and an average of 8.8% saw Hall tick off 27 repetitions of the climb throughout the 197km ride.

Confirming her exploits, Hall's Boels-Dolmans team tweeted its congratulations over the weekend.

'Congratulations breaking the Mt EVEREST CHALLENGE record for women! After 10 hours and one minute Katie climbed the 8848 metres breaking the previous record with over 2.5 hours. Katie participated in the challenge to support the fight against the coronavirus.'

Hall took on the task of Everesting to help raise money for a coronavirus relief fund set up by the Be Good Foundation, with money going to World Bicycle Relied, People for Bikes and CDC Foundation.

It seems that with forms of lockdown restricting competitive cycling across the globe, Everesting has become the en vogue challenge for any handy cyclist looking to while away the hours.

Bora-Hansgrohe's Emanuel Buchmann and Ruth Winder of Trek Segagredo have both taken on the mammoth challenge while the men's record for the fastest-ever Everesting ride fell twice in one week.

Former Garmin-Sharp rider-turned YouTuber Phil Gaimon took the men's record earlier this month with a time of 7 hours 52 minutes, completed on a climb close to his Los Angeles base.

This record stood for all of four days as cross country mountain biker Keegan Swenson then set a new record of 7 hours 40 minutes on a climb just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

All Everesting attempts, record-breaking or not, are logged by creators of the challenge, Hells 500 of Australia, and submitted to the 'Everesting Hall of Fame'.

As for one of the team at Cyclist magazine taking on the 8,848m Everesting challenge, while conversations have been had, no one is yet to put themselves forward.

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