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Old 05-07-21, 08:21 AM
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24-hour Vertical Ascent Record

Here's some inspiration for us 50+ folks.

One of our SF Bay Area cyclists is 54 years old, and tomorrow (Saturday May 8) he's attempting to break the 24-hour world's record for vertical ascent on a bicycle.

The current world record is 74,000 feet.

To break that record, he has to average about 3100 vertical feet per hour for 24 hours. Including the descent.
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Old 05-07-21, 10:06 AM
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And I thought "Everesting" was crazy.
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I cannot even imagine the conditioning, planning and nutrition involved in these types of endurance events.

Mind boggling!
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
And I thought "Everesting" was crazy.
As a topper, he's chosen to do this attempt on a 0.5-mile long road with a 16% grade.

A 16% grade would shred my legs in no time at all.
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Can you provide some more details...name? route? any articles?
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Here's some inspiration for us 50+ folks.

One of our SF Bay Area cyclists is 54 years old, and tomorrow (Saturday May 8) he's attempting to break the 24-hour world's record for vertical ascent on a bicycle, in Mill Valley.

The current world record is 74,000 feet.

For those of you familiar with the local climb Old La Honda, he can do it in 20 minutes. Without a bicycle.

For me this is hard to believe. The current Everesting record is 6:30 I believe or around that. That would be 29k feet. So, he would have to do that 2.5 times. Just last year, the Everesting record was 7+ hours. This was not a 54 year old individual either. Even at 8 hours x 2 is 16 and that only gets you to 58k feet. They still need another 20k in the next 8 hours.

I just don't see how this is possible for a normal person let alone someone in their 50's. It would be like running 3 marathons in a row, same day all under 2:30.

Seeing fit people attempt Everesting and then when they are done are totally shot and then to think you have to do the same effort 2 more times in 16 hours does not seem possible. The math does not add up.

Now, I have seen a Ytube of a guy that did 3 everesting attempts in 3 days in a row but not in the same day.

If you check out Phil Giamon, he held the record for like 1 day and then it was broken and he has attempted to break the record several times and it is incredibly hard and he WAS a pro rider. He was averaging like 350 watts per lap and that is over 7 hours. Plus you have to eat, pee, rest at some point and hope you have no mechanicals.

I will say if this guy does this, major kudos. For me though, the math is difficult to get past, but what do I know.

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When the NorCal Low Key Hill Climb series was active, we had a guy on our team who could run up OLH in 20 minutes and I think he was sub 16 on the bike. I am not sure if it is him. The guy I know definitely has the genetics to attempt and set records such at this. My best LKHC up OLH was 24 minutes which is pretty weak sauce.
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Can you provide some more details...name? route? any articles?
I will post more if I can get his permission. I think hes kind of busy right now.
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Originally Posted by rutan74 View Post
For me this is hard to believe. The current Everesting record is 6:30 I believe or around that. That would be 29k feet. So, he would have to do that 2.5 times. Just last year, the Everesting record was 7+ hours. This was not a 54 year old individual either. Even at 8 hours x 2 is 16 and that only gets you to 58k feet. They still need another 20k in the next 8 hours.

I just don't see how this is possible for a normal person let alone someone in their 50's. It would be like running 3 marathons in a row, same day all under 2:30.

Seeing fit people attempt Everesting and then when they are done are totally shot and then to think you have to do the same effort 2 more times in 16 hours does not seem possible. The math does not add up.

Now, I have seen a Ytube of a guy that did 3 everesting attempts in 3 days in a row but not in the same day.

If you check out Phil Giamon, he held the record for like 1 day and then it was broken and he has attempted to break the record several times and it is incredibly hard and he WAS a pro rider. He was averaging like 350 watts per lap and that is over 7 hours. Plus you have to eat, pee, rest at some point and hope you have no mechanicals.

I will say if this guy does this, major kudos. For me though, the math is difficult to get past, but what do I know.

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I agree with you 100% about the math. But these weird "events" have variables which makes them hard to quantify. Like Everesting. People are doing it on different roads of different gradients under different conditions. Meh.
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BTW, here is the current record holder for 24-hour uphill cycling, Robert Petzold of Germany.





(He looks much younger than 54.)

And here's his record breaking Strava activity:


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Old 05-10-21, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Here's some inspiration for us 50+ folks.

One of our SF Bay Area cyclists is 54 years old, and tomorrow (Saturday May 8) he's attempting to break the 24-hour world's record for vertical ascent on a bicycle.

The current world record is 74,000 feet.

To break that record, he has to average about 3100 vertical feet per hour for 24 hours. Including the descent.
It was pretty hot so he quit after Everesting in 9 hours.
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I have a cycling acquaintance in the bay area who's cycling goals center around elevation gain. His accomplishments are astounding. I'm pretty sure he's quite a bit younger than 54, but then a wafer thin nothing-but-muscle-and-bone dude in bike clothes is hard to date. Charlie, by any chance?

I've come to view the difference between hardcore and crazy is simply preparation. I'd be crazy to try what he does, he's simply hardcore.

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The guy must have nothing important to do.
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The guy must have nothing important to do.
He spends a lot of time doing volunteer work at a local food bank. I'd say that's pretty important.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
The guy must have nothing important to do.
I'm pretty sure that's what my neighbor thinks every time he's working in his yard and I'm going out for another ride!
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Here's some inspiration for us 50+ folks.

One of our SF Bay Area cyclists is 54 years old, and tomorrow (Saturday May 8) he's attempting to break the 24-hour world's record for vertical ascent on a bicycle.

The current world record is 74,000 feet.

To break that record, he has to average about 3100 vertical feet per hour for 24 hours. Including the descent.
So. How did he do?

I can't begin to relate to even wanting to do something like that, let alone being able to.
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So. How did he do?

I can't begin to relate to even wanting to do something like that, let alone being able to.
See post #11.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
So. How did he do?
See this report from RChung :

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It was pretty hot so he quit after Everesting in 9 hours.
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It's pretty amazing what some humans can accomplish. Sounds like this guy is way out in Killian Jornet territory, and even Killian failed in his attempt to set a world record for a 24 hr. run last November in Norway. Last year a local pro mtn biker, Macky Franklin, Everested at Taos Ski Valley at elevations between 9,500' and 12,000'. I've ridden my road bike from my house at 7,500' up the ski valley road to 9,500' many times but can't imagine what Macky did.
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