A 14-year-old boy completes Everesting after 28 hours of pedalling without sleep

Road 22 nov. 2020 16:11 Migue A.

It started a few years ago, but the Everesting challenge reached its peak during the months of confinement when some professionals and ex-professionals decided to try it in the absence of races. Today's protagonist is very different, he is 14 years old and has completed it after 28 hours without sleep.

At the age of 14 he completes Everesting after pedalling for more than a day

Zak Burgess is a 14-year-old boy from the county of Lancashire in the UK who loves cycling, and there, near his doorstep, he rode a nearly 6.5 km climb to complete the 8,848 m of vertical drop that has earned him an Everesting.

According to cyclingweekly reports, Zak began his challenge at 04:00 AM and finished it at 08:00 AM the next day after 28 hours without sleep and 197 km of ride. This is how the protagonist explained it:

 

“There were some extreme highs and lows as part of the ride. I don’t really get emotional about things but the extreme tiredness brought a flood of emotion at the end. When you’ve been dreaming of that final moment and then it hits you, it’s big. I’ve never felt anything like it. Crying was my only option – I was speechless”.“Riding through the night was the toughest. It started to rain about 3am and it got cold, I thought I wasn’t going to make it but people stayed out through the night and some rode with me to keep me going – shout outs to them all, I wouldn’t have made it without the support".

 

Aside from the controversy over whether someone so young should subject his body to such exhausting challenges, something his parents tried unsuccessfully to avoid, Zak Burgess has raised more than 3000 euros with this Everesting that will go to a charity that recycles bicycles and sends them to rural communities in Africa.

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