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Alberto Contador sets new Everesting record

Joe Robinson
10 Jul 2020

Seven-time Grand Tour champion beats Lachlan Morton's time by two and a half minutes

Retired pro and seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador has set a new Everesting record, beating Lachlan Morton's previous best time by two and a half minutes.

The Spaniard set a time of 7 hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds on the steep Silla del Ray climb in Castile and Leon, in his native Spain on Monday 6th July.

On a climb that averages 13% for 960m, the 37-year-old had to complete a total of 76 ascents to hit the necessary 8,848m of vertical elevation needed in a ride that totalled 136km.

Despite having retired in 2017, the former winner of all three Grand Tours is clearly still in tip-top shape. He tapped out an average of 253 watts for the full seven-hour stint, averaging 18.2kmh, maxing out at 96.1kmh.

From Contador's Strava files, we can see he started off hot, setting a new King of the Mountain time on his second ascent with a time of 3 minutes 49 seconds for the 960m climb.

His power numbers were also pretty high start with as the Spaniard averaged between 320W to 370W. These then began to wain towards the tail end of the ride as he dipped below 300W for his final five ascents.

Nevertheless, he was able to hold on for a new record with Contador's efforts already having been verified by the Hells 500, the organising body behind Everesting, which can be found here.

This effort has pushed the men's Everesting record even further from what people thought could be possible. Last month, Education First rider Lachlan Morton had set a benchmark of 7 hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds on the Rist Canyon Climb in Colorado, snathing the record from young mountain biker Keegan Swenson.

It was only in May that we saw our first record attempt go under eight hours, Phil Gaimon's previous record of 7 hours, 52 minutes, 12 seconds.

This is the second Everesting record to fall in a week after former British pro rider Emma Pooley set a new women's record in Switzerland with a time of 8 hours, 53 minutes 36 seconds, 15 minutes quicker than the previous record set by Hannah Rhodes.