Etac R82’s paediatric product advisor Mark Travers has successfully cycled up the equivalent height of Everest in 36-degree heat to raise £2,000 for his company’s charity partner, Newlife.
He ascended and descended a 1.75-mile, 6.7% incline hill, 46 times within 21 hours 41 minutes which accumulated the same attitude as the cruising height of most airliners.
This altitude matched the height of the highest mountain in the world, Everest, which is a feat only completed by very few individuals around the world.
His challenge took place between The Lamb Inn in Derbyshire and Beeley Moor in the Peak District.
Travers began his challenge at 11pm on Friday 28t June and completed his epic journey at 8.30pm on Saturday 29 June. He rode a limited edition, Pantani anniversary, Bianchi Specialissima bike.
Newlife delivers the UK’s only rapid response equipment loan service so children, who are at significant risk of injury or in urgent need because of their shortened life expectancy, can receive specialist equipment free of charge commonly within 72 hours.
In addition, Newlife can provide funding of equipment through its grant scheme so disabled children can benefit from greater ability and comfort in life.
On completion of his challenge, Travers, said: “I normally like riding in the heat but last weekend was too intense. The support of everyone during the challenge made all the difference, I would never have managed it on my own.
“My colleague Colin Williams rode with me through the night achieving 19,000ft of altitude himself. Plus, my friend Katie Marsden supported me as I ‘hit the wall’ on Saturday afternoon.
“1–4pm was by far the hardest and at one point all my strength had drained away, I became very emotional on one repetition for no apparent reason, perhaps the enormity of the challenge was finally hitting home – just how difficult it is to complete an Everesting Challenge.
“I’m not sure how I managed to keep going but Katie was amazing, she kept me mentally focused and strong. Failure was not an option. I could not stop and let anyone down, including most importantly Newlife and the disabled children they help. I think giving up would have felt worse than my lowest emotional point during the ride.”
Jon Preater, Etac R82’s managing director, said: “Congratulations to Mark for completing this epic challenge. His determination to continue whilst facing extreme conditions is thoroughly commendable. “Our business is proud to be associated with his cause and the outstanding support Newlife provides for families and disabled children across the UK. Well done again.”