Double Everesting – It's A Thing Now

George Mihailides recently rode a double Everesting. That’s right, 17696 metres of elevation gain in a single ride. TWICE the height of Mt Everest. Wrap your mind around that. He rode for two straight days to achieve this, right around the same time most of us were undoing the top button of our pants from way too much intake at Christmas. This is the story he wrote about the occasion:

You know you want to read it, this story is incredible

Just A Quick Ride Before Work…

“Oh piss off” I say as I turn my alarm off, and go back to sleep. Luckily ‘Night-before-me’ is smarter than ‘Morning-of-me’ and another alarm goes off two minutes later. It’s 4:30am. I turn it off quickly, trying to avoid getting sworn at by my wife. I wasn’t quick enough. This is just a normal day, with a quick ride before work… Riding your bike is tops, even by yourself in the dark, read more

K's For Days – how I ride lots with no time to do it

You hear it nearly every day; “I don’t have time.” Hell I say it most days, and I say it about many different things. The best thing I remember reading about this saying though, was that it comes down to priorities. If you are comfortable enough to replace; “I don’t have time” with; “That’s not a priority for me right now”, then you are fine. But if you are unhappy to change those words around, then you really need to have a look at how you are prioritising the use of your time. I like this article, I hope you do too. Click to read more.

Secrets to Everesting

Everesting is an ever increasing phenomenon. As of this writing, over 500 people around the world have completed over 800 separate attempts. I’ve made it to the summit 4 times now, and am starting to get a real appreciation of what it means to ride up and down the same hill until you’ve climbed a total of 8848 metres. I’ve been asked a few times as to what the secrets to finishing are, and have boiled down some key concepts. Click for the keys to the Kingdom of Radness

It's Always a Race

So it’s the day after one of the best days I’ve ever had on a bike. The previous day I had ridden 3 huge French mountain passes, all on my Pat Malone. It was indeed one of the more challenging and rewarding days I’ve had on a bike (see that story here). The question I asked next was: “How do you back-up from a day like that?” Col de la Croix de Fer – that’s how. Another 24km of badass mountain. By the end of this climb, I will have been called ‘strong’ by two separate riders, and there is no compliment I enjoy more… Wanna see more humble brags about my trip to France? Click here

Everesting on a Mountain Bike on Single Track

“The SSSS is an elite (and slightly evil) class of #everesting. Comprised of 4 separate attempts, riders must complete an everesting of Significant (an iconic climb), Soil (a dirt climb), Short (less than 200km), and Suburban (a metro climb). At least one of the four rides must be more than 10,000 vertical metres.” – Hells 500
I was broken this day. Click here to read on

Galibier and Izoard, The French Alps, all on my own.

Recently I was on a bike tour in the French Alps during the Tour de France. I rode a lot, I drank a lot, I ate a lot. I climbed many different mountain passes, saw views to make your heart ache and climbed so high it made my lungs burn. In one week I rode 814 kilometres, climbed 18,809 metres, and had the best time I have ever had on my bike. But in all of that, one day stood head and shoulders above the rest. It was a day that will stay burned in my memory for a very long time to come. It was glorious, difficult, empowering, long, tall and rewarding. read on for more on that incredible day

Everesting – "Is that all you've got?"

So here we are again. I’ve completed an everesting, I’m tired, I’m alone, it’s dark, and I still have more climbing to do. That’s three now, and I’m the first South Australian to achieve that feat. But I want more. There’s something about just sliding in across the line, panting, exhausted and ready to collapse. It doesn’t feel like victory. This stuff is what it’s all about, read on

Sherpa Duty – Rolling up your sleeves, and helping an everesting attempt

It’s a Friday, at 2:30am. I get out of bed, and go and ride with a bloke I barely know, being a ‘sherpa’ whilst he rides to Everest a hill. Up and down the same hill we ride, for 5 hours. I go to work for the day, come home and have dinner with my wife and kids, and as soon as they are in bed, I go out and ride with the same bloke, on the same hill, until he has finished. Which doesn’t happen until 1:40am. By the time I ride home, my alarm goes off to show that I’ve now been awake for 24 hours. This one is for the #crew, read on

"The Toughest Everesting To Date…"

That’s what Andy Van Bergen said about what we did, and he invented the everesting concept and runs the everesting.cc website, so he would know. Someone will beat that though, and soon I am sure…

This post is why I started this whole blog, read more