A professional cyclist from Dafen is to attempt a unique cycling challenge which will see him cycle uphill until he has reached the equivalent height of Mount Everest. The challenge, known in the cycling world as 'Everesting', is to ride up any hill or mountain repeatedly until a total elevation of 8,848m has been accomplished.
Recently, Ed Laverack, the Under-23 British Road Race Champion narrowly finished second to the British Hill Climbing champion Dan Evans at the Welsh Hill Climb championships; a result he can be pleased with after suffering almost a week of illness before the race. His next challenge will be to get his name on the Everesting Hall of Fame.
“I'm doing the challenge on Trimsaran Hill,” said Ed enthusiastically, referring to Trimsaran Road, an incline which will take him from the mini roundabout near the Bird in Hand, to the crossroads at Pen Y Mynydd. “And I'll have to do it a total of 74 times!”
As an added challenge, Ed will aim to complete the task in a record breaking time of under 9 hours.
He'll be doing the challenge solo, with the support of Bynea Cycling Club; the club he joined before his rapid ascension to professional cycling. “They'll be coming out to support my effort by cheering from the side of the road and also by doing a few repeats of the hill with me,” he said.
Laverack is also hoping to use the event to raise money for the Intensive Care Unit at Prince Philip Hospital. “My Gran was looked after very well at the Intensive Care Unit before she passed away; so that my motivation really.”
If you would like to support Ed, and make a donation to his cause, his challenge will take place on Sunday, October 4th, starting from the mini roundabout around 9am (weather permitting). A fundraising stall selling refreshments is planned for the route.
We wish him the best of luck.
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