Everest in a day

Jayden Manintveld
powers into a section of the massive hill climb

Jayden Manintveld powers into a section of the massive hill climb

Imagine riding a bicycle up Mt Everest.  Two Warragul Cycling Club members did that on Sunday although not literally up the mountain.

Cyrus Monk and Jayden Manintveld took the opportunity of the school holidays to take on the world renowned Everesting challenge.

They rode the Old Leongatha Rd hill south east of Yarragon a total of 27 times climbing a height of 8848 metres, the height of Mt Everest.

Cyrus, 17 and Jayden, 18 began the assault as the sun was rising at 6am. 

The hill is approximately 4.3kms long with an average gradient of eight per cent, however there is a nasty climb towards the end with a very steep gradient of 21 per cent.

For them to 'climb Everest' they needed to cover a distance of 233 kilometres. 

After 13.5 hours of riding they finished the massive climb in the dark.

They needed a lot of fuel to keep going and throughout the day ate two kilograms of bananas, six donuts, four cans of Coke, 15 water bottles and 50 grams of sultanas.

Cyrus was first to finish in the dark at 7.30pm and became the youngest rider in the world to complete the 'Everesting' challenge.

Jayden also completed the challenge in a time of 17 hours in the saddle.

For two young people it was an inspiring achievement, with many local riders sharing one or two ascents with them.

No doubt they will be spending the rest of the school holidays sleeping.

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