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Lachlan Morton smashes 'Everesting' record

Joe Robinson
15 Jun 2020

Education First rider sets new benchmark with incredible effort at altitude

Education First rider Lachlan Morton has set a new 'Everesting' record by climbing the stipulated 8,848m of elevation in 7 hours, 32 minutes and 54 seconds.

The Australian took eight minutes off the record held by American mountain biker Keegan Swenson after completing 42 reps of Rist Canyon climb, close to Fort Collins, Colorado.

Morton, who rode a test 'Everesting' ride earlier in the week, titled his ride on Strava 'Everest (apparently there’s some data lag with the elevation, I’ll leave that to the experts) 42 laps of Rist was hell.'

The 28-year-old's Strava only showed 8,523m of vertical elevation, however, the official Everesting group, Hells 500, later verified Morton's ride despite the discrepancy in data.

To achieve the necessary elevation, Morton opted for the short and steep Rist Canyon Climb that climbs for 1.9km at an average gradient of 11%. For an added level of difficulty the climb also starts at altitude, above 2,000m.

In total, Morton clocked 169.48km of ascent and descent at an average speed of 22.4kmh. He also averaged 276W (weighted power) for the entire ride while also, apparently, topping out at 121.3kmh on one descent of the climb.

As a professional rider, Morton also showed great consistency in his climbs with only a 46-second difference between his fastest ascent (8:38) and slowest ascent (9:24).

Education First team boss Jonathan Vaughters congratulated his rider on his efforts.

Morton is no stranger to attempting alternative events outside of his usual WorldTour obligations with the Australian acting as the poster boy for his team's 'Alternative Calendar'. This focus away from the usual road racing has seen Morton ride events such as the Dirty Kanza, Three Peaks Cyclocross and GBDuro

The 'Everesting' challenge, however, has not only been a focus for the Education First rider. The continuing coronavirus pandemic and parallel lockdown has made the event de rigueur in the world of cycling with the men's and women's records falling multiple times in the last month or so.

Earlier in June, Bora-Hansgrohe's Emmanuel Buchmann obliterated the record in a time of 7 hours 28 minutes, only to be disqualified for completing the challenge on two separate ascents. Additionally, former pro rider Phil Gaimon briefly held the record and is planning another attempt in the coming months.

The women's record is held by British rider Hannah Rhodes who, earlier in June, completed 27.5 repetitions of Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District in 9 hours, 18 minutes for a new record.

Cyclist has plans to attempt an Everesting soon for a magazine feature but, as of yet, none of the team have stepped forward to be the rider.