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A pair of cyclists have succeeded in an attempt to ‘Everest’ Box Hill – by riding up and down the Surrey beauty spot 73 times within 23 hours.

‘Everesting’ is a craze fuelled by the performance-tracking website, Strava, that sees riders attempt to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest’s height, 8,800 metres, within a single day.

Yesterday, we reported how Australian James Middlemiss had become the first paracyclist to join the Everesting Hall of Fame after riding up his local hill 64 times in a day to beat 44,000 other entrants to win this year’s Rapha Rising Strava Hill Climb Challenge.

Now, Roger Barr from Hampton and Ciaran O'Hara of Enfield are set to join him after starting their effort on Box Hill at 5am on Friday morning and carrying on until they had equalled an ascent of Everest, reports Get Surrey.

Mr Barr told the website his exertions had caused him "a few blisters and a bad knee," adding, "I feel really tired."

He said:  "I've done a lot of marathons and I'm as tired as after one of them.”

The pair completed their ride just before 3.30am on Saturday morning, and he said his plans for the rest of the day would revolve around "eating and eating."

He went on: "My wife wanted to go shopping but I'm just too tired.”

He also acknowledged the support he and his cycling companion had received, saying: "It was amazing how many people got behind it.

"At 11pm on Friday a lady turned up with fish and chips for my dad and pasta for us. And at midnight there were four guys cycling along with us.”

However, he added that he and his friend had endured "a few motorists yelling abuse."

Their efforts now need to be verified by Strava for their Everesting achievement to be officially acknowledged.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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Just go out and ride your bloody bikes for crying out loud!
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This is all getting a bit silly.

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IanW1968 [251 posts] 1 year ago
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Shhhh grumpy...well done chaps.

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IanW1968 [251 posts] 1 year ago
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Shhhh grumpy...well done chaps.

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Binky [116 posts] 1 year ago
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Bah! going up and down a hill all day just for Strava points !?

Men! (sighs, shakes head)

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crazy-legs [704 posts] 1 year ago
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Some Fella wrote:

Just go out and ride your bloody bikes for crying out loud!

Umm... They did!
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A mate "everested" a climb in the Peak District a couple of weeks ago.
Someone has already done Hardknott Pass too!

http://www.everesting.cc/

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antonio [1103 posts] 1 year ago
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'Grand old duke of Strava?'

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HalfWheeler [378 posts] 1 year ago
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Local guys did that on a hill behind Glasgow called the Crow Rd a few months back. It's a bit longer (3 miles) and you add 900 feet with each ascent but even then, it took about 30 odd ascents.

But 73? That would drive me to distraction!

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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Q: Why did you climb Everest?
A: Because it's there!  36

Q: Why did you cycle Box Hill 73 times?
A: Because it's smaller than Everest!  2

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tomturcan [64 posts] 1 year ago
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Question - did they rely on the barometric sensor or a GPS estimate of height gain, or is there land survey data that provides the altitudes at both ends of Box Hill? There can be quite a lot of variation in the first two!

Anyway, chapeau to the mad bats!

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Username [145 posts] 1 year ago
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He went on: "My wife wanted to go shopping but I'm just too tired.”

Funnily enough, I feel like that all the time and I've never cycled up Everest.

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Leviathan [1784 posts] 1 year ago
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Some points:
Sometimes riding from point A to Point B isn't enough or Strava and his website wouldn't exist.

Boxhill is also A. Closer than Everest and B. Has a road going up it.
The Ordnance Survey and 10's of thousands of GPS tracks should give a reasonable accurate figure, no one is sure how tall Everest is anyway. No one walks up Everest from sea level anyway too.

Can I do a Mariana Trench challenge for the most descending in a day. Where would the longest continuous negative gradient?

On the Butterfield diet Saturday is treat day! Bon Bon Bon Bons.

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dave atkinson [6145 posts] 1 year ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

Can I do a Mariana Trench challenge for the most descending in a day. Where would the longest continuous negative gradient?

The road from the top of Mt. Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii, is 35 miles and a shade over 10,000 feet of descending. might be a good place to start. you'll only need to do four.

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The Acai [12 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm only giving kudos if they did it in full expidition kit with oxygen tanks.  3

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Leviathan [1784 posts] 1 year ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:
bikeboy76 wrote:

Can I do a Mariana Trench challenge for the most descending in a day. Where would the longest continuous negative gradient?

The road from the top of Mt. Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii, is 35 miles and a shade over 10,000 feet of descending. might be a good place to start. you'll only need to do four.

Helicopter back to the top?
Actually, Wow http://www.strava.com/segments/614610 Haleakala seems like the idea mountain for this sort of thing. Three reps of this would be nicely over the limit, nice even climbing. Obvs nothing like that in the UK.
I see someone has already bagged Mam Tor near me. 0.001% change of me ever achieving this. Well done chaps.

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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Hang on, they finished at 3:30am the following day? They didn't Everest anything, then.

Try again lads!  3

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Leviathan [1784 posts] 1 year ago
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Nick T wrote:

Hang on, they finished at 3:30am the following day? They didn't Everest anything, then.

Try again lads!  3

From the Everesting site above
- It does not matter how long the ride takes, but it must be ridden in one attempt (i.e. no sleeping in between). Breaks for meals etc. are fine.

Roger Barr * First known 1 15.08.2014 Box Hill, Surrey, UK 340.7 22:02:49 8,852 Strava file Male
Ciaran O'Hara * First known 1 15.08.2014 Box Hill, Surrey, UK 340.7 22:02:49 8,852 Strava file Male

They are officially on there. The Earth takes 24 hours to rotate but it never stops rotating so any point is arbitrary, why choose the antipode?

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upinthehills [28 posts] 1 year ago
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To right. Just go for a bloody ride. What is the point. I think that I am going to be the first man, oops person to rise over 15 cattle grids carrying 18 empty coke bottles.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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Olympus Monsing will be the next thing then, or maybe Rheasilviaing.

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fukawitribe [1430 posts] 1 year ago
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upinthehills wrote:

To right. Just go for a bloody ride. What is the point. I think that I am going to be the first man, oops person to rise over 15 cattle grids carrying 18 empty coke bottles.

Good lord, cheer up. As someone has already pointed out to the last person that asked why didn't they just go out for a ride - they did. So they used a sort of artificial challenge to use as a target but, so what ? It prompted them to do something slightly mad, doing something they obviously like doing - and it's something they and some others can talk about, and maybe take pride in, for time to come.

It's also quite impressive.... what's the problem with that or with a cycling site reporting on it ?

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deblemund [262 posts] 1 year ago
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And by the way, this wasn't just for Strava-fame. Ciaran was raising cash for a hospice in Northern Ireland. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/everestingboxhill

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BBB [295 posts] 1 year ago
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Did they use oxygen towards the end?

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Leviathan [1784 posts] 1 year ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

Olympus Monsing will be the next thing then, or maybe Rheasilviaing.

Would this be a Cyclocross challenge?

Seriously this is not a Strava challenge, click on the link. You [might] criticize it as it was dreamt up by Australians, but the challenge is no more artificial than any route you choose to pick. If you need a specific goal to achieve something epic then so be it. The same people mocking this as stupid will have been applauding the blokes who took a Boris bike up Mont Ventoux.

Airzound, please provide us with evidence of your day climbing over 8000m in the Alps or something suitably epic.

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smernicki [28 posts] 1 year ago
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It's quite staggering to hear "What's the point?" from fellow cyclists. Those are words you expect to hear from the mouths of Jeremy Clarkson and the Daily Mail brigade about cyclists and cycling in general.
These guys have done something a bit mad and really, really hard within a set of rules outlined by the Everesting movement (it has to be one climb, repeated) - something I'll wager very few if any of you moany sods could do even if you wanted.

So take a listen to yourselves and wind your necks in.

If you want to criticise based on repetitiveness, there's always the omnium.

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Sam Walker [67 posts] 1 year ago
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I did a version of this up Ditchling Beacon a handful of times, which isn't enough to make a dent in any records. But it was on a singlespeed, so perhaps a multiplier could be used.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 1 year ago
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I have a 1 metre hill local to me, I'm going to ride over it until I've everested. It's heroic.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:

Olympus Monsing will be the next thing then, or maybe Rheasilviaing.

Would this be a Cyclocross challenge?

Seriously this is not a Strava challenge, click on the link. You [might] criticize it as it was dreamt up by Australians, but the challenge is no more artificial than any route you choose to pick. If you need a specific goal to achieve something epic then so be it. The same people mocking this as stupid will have been applauding the blokes who took a Boris bike up Mont Ventoux.

Airzound, please provide us with evidence of your day climbing over 8000m in the Alps or something suitably epic.

I'm not mocking it as being stupid. I'm just suggesting that it's in the nature of these things that once a precedent has been set, someone else will want to take things that bit further.

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stenmeister [216 posts] 1 year ago
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It's not quite the same thing is it?

I have more respect for the people who cycle John O'Groats to Land's End or round the world than with this. Sure the height is the same but let's not trivialise a mountain that requires great feats of human endurance and which has claimed many lives.  16

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deblemund [262 posts] 1 year ago
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I am just appalled by some of the comments on there. Instead of sitting around complaining about the particular type of cycling someone else used to raise money for a hospice for dying people, why not just donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/everestingboxhill

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steviewevie [29 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm sure no-one is saying that this achievement is exactly the same as climbing the real Everest. But does it really matter as long as the two guys involved enjoyed it and felt a sense of achievement from it? And if they raised some money for a good cause then that's got to be a good thing, right?

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

cut and paste loads of stuff anyone could have googled

It was a wind up, mate.

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