A cyclist from Denmark who is training for this year’s Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race is this week climbing around 45,000 metres on his bike, equivalent to the world’s ‘Seven Summits – with his efforts undertaken entirely on a turbo trainer.
Michael Knudsen ticked off, in the virtual sense, the first ascent today, with a height gain equivalent to the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro.
By the end of the week, he hopes to have ridden a height gain the same as all the combined elevation of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
To make it easier for people to picture the challenge, he’s matched each of those to a well-known climb from the world of cycling.
He’ll tackle those the required number of times on video linked to his Bkool smart trainer to achieve the elevation of the corresponding summit.
Here’s how his schedule looks this week.
Monday – Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa) – 3.5 times Col du Madeline
Tuesday – Denali (ex-Mount McKinley, North America) 5.2 times Col du Tourmalet
Wednesday – Aconcagua (South America) – 4.3 times Mont Ventoux
Thursday – Mount Elbrus (Europe) – 5.2 times Col du Galibier
Friday – Mount Everest (Asia) – 8.5 times Alpe d'Huez
Saturday – Carstensz Pyramid (aka Puncak Jaya, Oceania) – 2.7 times Passo dello Stelvio
Sunday – Vinson Massif (Antarctica – 7.2 times Sa Calobra).
Knudsen, who is undertaking the effort at the premises of his wheel sponsor, FullCarbon, in Denmark, told road.cc: “It’s a pretty massive event,” and that he is “quite sure nothing like this has ever been done before.”
He added: Last Spring I did an indoor Everesting on my Bkool, by doing 8.5 Alpe d'Huez [ascents] straight. But this is a completely different beast.”
There is a livestream on his Facebook page, where you will also find updates as he pursues his goal.
Knudsen is training for this year’s Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme, the world’s longest bicycle race, covering 9,200km in 14 stages and taking in seven time zones and five climate zones.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.