Anybody who has had a shot on an e-MTB has probably had the same thought, how much climbing would be possible in one ride? Well, Ralph van den Berg and Max Chapuis set out on an epic ride to find out, covering a massive 14,623m of vertical ascent and covering 220km in the process.
The challenge was set in Switzerland, a place known for having an abundance of vertical ascent. To maximize efficiency they stuck to gravel roads in order to get to the top as quickly as possible. The return journey was a far more entertaining affair, riding singletrack trails back to their base camp.
Based on the Everesting trend, which involves riding 8,848m of vertical ascent, the height of Everest, in a single ride on a single climb. The challenge was inspired by former downhill professional and founder of Velo Solutions, Claudio Caluori, who set himself a similar challenge in 2020 and managed an impressive 13,500m.
To maximize daylight riding time the pair chose the summer solstice to give them plenty of daylight to take on their 16-hour epic, setting off at 4am. While daylight is always a limiting factor on these sorts of challenges, battery power wasn't as the team had a bank of batteries in order to give them full power for the entire ride time.
Plenty of charged batteries ready to go meant they didn't need to be too frugal with their power output, although there was still a fair bit of logistics required as all the batteries were at the bottom of the hill. "We were able to climb over 1,500 meters of altitude with a 700 Wh battery in power mode," says van den Berg.
Everesting challenges started on the road but it's something that has certainly struck a chord with the mountain bike communities. Most notably with the likes of Ben Hildred who completed a monstrous Double Everest, climbing 17,925 over 46 hours earlier in the year. For those that think all that climbing sounds like too much hard work, you could always try to beat Annie Ford who set the World Record for descending the most vertical on a bicycle. In March the Kiwi completed 100 laps via the chairlift at Coronet Peak and adding up to 42,030m (137,894 feet) total descent.