By KATHRYN BERMINGHAM
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CYCLING up Mount Donna Buang may seem a challenging ride, but a group of determined cyclists will climb the mountain nine consecutive times next month.
THE riders will be partaking in an “Everesting” event – a ride where cyclists ascend a minimum of 8848 metres to equal one ascent of Mount Everest.
There will be 25 specially invited female riders who will attempt nine ascents of Donna Buang in one continuous ride. Andy Van Bergen, organiser of the event, said that Everesting was the ultimate in cycling.
“It’s such an achievement to complete a ride like this and definitely a highlight in a cyclist’s career. It’s no walk in the park.”
The collective ride will represent the largest ever Everesting group attempt, and will involve riders from multiple clubs, brands and groups. It will be the first of its kind in Australia.
The event is historically significant to Everesting itself, with George Mallory first achieving the climb in the mid-1990s on Mount Donna Buang.
George Mallory was the grandson of English Mountaineer George Mallory, who died in an attempt on Mount Everest in the 1930s.
This Everesting event, held on the mountain where it was first achieved, will make the attempt of great significance to many road cyclists.
The event will commence from Warburton at midnight and cyclists will ride throughout the day on Saturday, 7 February. A free Domestique ride will also run on the day and the public is invited to come and support the riders by riding a lap with them.
A reduced speed will be in place on the day, as well as free hydration and nutrition and a photographer to capture the athletic feats of riders.
More information about the free Domestique ride can be found at www.tinyurl.com/InSearchOfUp. Entry is free but riders are encouraged to register prior to the event.