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Justin Gage to tackle 85 ascents of Tour of Britain climb

In one of the most appropriate fund-raisers we've heard of, a Bath cyclist plans to "Everest" one of the area's more formidable hills, climbing it  85 times this Sunday to raise money for the victims of the Nepalese earthquake.

Justin Gage, a member of Bath's VC Walcot cycling club says: "I've been interested in Everesting a hill for some time now.

"Everesting is the process of repeatedly cycling up the same hill until your cumulative ascent matches the height of Everest (8848m).

"I've chosen Winsley because, whilst a bit (too) steep it is my local hill - I want to be the first to do this. (I am an idiot).

"It seems only right to raise money for DEC's Nepal Earthquake fund given the scale of the disaster and the relationship to my endeavour."

Justin's already exceeded his initial fund-raising target of £1,000, but everyone at road.cc who has ridden Winsley Hill thinks 85 reps deserves more reward that that.

You can donate at Justin's Just Giving page.

The Winsley Hill Strava segment rises 105m between the River Avon and the 'official' summit at Blackberry Lane. Its overall gradient of nine percent masks some tortuously steep sections of around 20 percent making it a tough climb on which to maintain a rhythm.

However, that didn't stop pro rider Michal Kwiatkowski from setting the Strava KOM time of three minutes and one second during last year's Tour of Britain.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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timb27 [135 posts] 2 years ago
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So as long as he sticks to Michal's speed and descends in less than a minute each rep he'll be finished in a little over 5 and a half hours then. Simples.

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PhilT [18 posts] 2 years ago
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Get Donating everyone......smash it Justin....or rather don't, nice and steady does it!

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Ting [58 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes Phil - I think 'Smash it' needs to be taken in context :-). Pressure's on now eh!

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NikoD [7 posts] 2 years ago
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In situations of disaster such as in Nepal at present, any donations to help those in need is a good thing and I applaud Justin for that. However it grates with me a little whenever I hear of someone doing something they want to do for their own sense of achievement or personal gratification (and would probably do it in any event) and, in a way that sounds incidental to that purpose, say they are doing it for charity.
Even this article indicates its more about the ride and rider than the charitable need. I suppose this is understandable for a cycling website.
Having said that, Justin, I hope you manage to raise a huge amount of money to assist those in desperate need of assistance!

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Ting [58 posts] 2 years ago
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I was doing this on Sunday anyway and thought 'why not raise some money at the same time?'
So, I am going to do this on Sunday and I have raised some money.
That's about it really, not much to it.
Seems like a positive to me.

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Must be Mad [615 posts] 2 years ago
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However it grates with me a little whenever I hear of someone doing something they want to do for their own sense of achievement or personal gratification (and would probably do it in any event) and, in a way that sounds incidental to that purpose, say they are doing it for charity.

I think the cynicism is a little misplaced in this example. Its going to be a big effort, and why not raise a bit a money on the side if your 'going to do it anyway'. This is a local climb, so the attempt is not going to cost any money.

The charity efforts which grate are the ones 'sponsor me to go on some overseas jolly' where you are left wondering how much of the sponsor money goes to paying for the trip and how much to the charity.....

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Ting [58 posts] 2 years ago
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Weather forecast has taken a turn for the worse too!  2

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fukawitribe [1926 posts] 2 years ago
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Ting wrote:

Weather forecast has taken a turn for the worse too!  2

On a positive note - you're unlikely to suffer from sun-burn. Good luck and well done Sir for raising whatever you can.

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OldRidgeback [2776 posts] 2 years ago
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Ting wrote:

I was doing this on Sunday anyway and thought 'why not raise some money at the same time?'
So, I am going to do this on Sunday and I have raised some money.
That's about it really, not much to it.
Seems like a positive to me.

Chapaeau mate - I have a work contact in Nepal and was very glad to hear he's ok and am sending him some money to get by. The Nepalese people need everything they can get. We've historic alliances between the UK and Nepal and it's time us Brits did something.