The 2018 challenge took place on 16th & 17th June. Well done to all the riders who took part and thank you for helping us raise £300 for Himalayan Quests Foundation. Watch this space for dates in 2019 when we will once again be #insearchofup!
Please fill in the entry form then proceed to the payment page. If you wish to enter a team with 3,5,6+ riders, or encounter any issues please call 01497 822419 or contact us
Drover Cycles Gospel Pass Everesting Challenge
2017 saw the first ever mass participation Gospel Pass Everesting challenge. It was a hot day and a really tough challenge. We were back in 2018, bigger and better, and with a blustery headwind to add a little bit more to the challenge! Huge kudos to all riders who took part and especially those who made it all the way and earned their place in the Everesting Hall of Fame – a feat which involved riding from Hay up, up, up into the Black Mountains, topping out on Wales’ highest motorable road, then whooshing back down to river level a total of 16 times. Check out the gallery below from the 2018 event!
Everesting Gospel Pass, June 2018 Gallery
NB: All info below relates to the 2018 event – please check back in late 2018 when we will publish details for the 2019 challenge.
What is Everesting?
The concept of “everesting” is simple. Choose a hill and ride up and down by the same route until you have clocked up 8,848 meters of ascent, i.e. the height of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. Simple does not mean easy. For our chosen route, you’re going to need to repeat the climb 16 times. The Strava segment number for the route is 15172640. It’s as much a psychological challenge as it is a physical endeavour. How will you motivate yourself to keep grinding the gears and turning the pedals to achieve your goal? Everesting was invented and is “policed” by Hells 500, a group of riders who really, really like hills. For more about this elite band of climbing fanatics, see everesting.cc/hells500
What are the rules?
For a full explanation, we recommend reading the rules on the official everesting website.
The most important points are:
- The attempt must be made in one go (no sleeping!) but breaks for meals, loo are fine.
- Each repeat must be exactly the same, riding up and down the same way and completing the entire course.
- You must stay on the bike! Walking is not allowed.
- Your attempt must be recorded with a dedicated GPS device and uploaded to Strava in order to be officially recognised and to earn you a coveted Hells 500 grey stripe.
Please note that in order to earn a grey stripe you must complete the ride as a solo effort. In order to make this challenge accessible to more people and increase the fun factor, we are also accepting team entries. We would love you to take part as a couple, with your friends or family, your local clubmates or sports team and anyone else who thinks this is a good idea.
Practical information – If you’re climbing Everest you’re going to need a Base Camp. The start/finish point for each leg of the challenge is Drover Cycles, Forest Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5EH. We will have ample parking, complimentary food and drink at the Drover Cycles cafe, full mechanical back-up, toilets and shower and access to our lovely shop.
Date & Time – The challenge window opens at 8.00am on Saturday 16th June and runs through to 12.00pm on Sunday 17th June. You can start at any time from 8.00am to 12.00pm on the Saturday – we will not allocate start times, it’s up to you what time you begin the challenge. Although the rules do not stipulate that you must complete the ride within a certain timescale, we expect challengers will finish by midday on Sunday 17th June.
Entry fee – £20 individual or £10 per person as part of a team. Your entry fee includes parking, 24 hours access to our toilets and shower, complimentary energy products as well as “real” food and drink from the Cafe at Drover Cycles throughout the challenge. So if you have a sudden hankering for beans on toast or soup in the wee small hours of the morning, we’ll be on hand to fix it up for you! Mechanical support (excluding any parts required) is also included but you are strongly advised to make sure your bike is in good working order before you begin – repairs and replacements mid-challenge could lose you valuable time.
Since the challenge involves virtually voyaging through the Himalayas, we thought it would be a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the Himalayan Quests Foundation. This fantastic NGO has been offering free annual free health camps in rural regions of western Nepal since 2013. Providing free healthcare to communities lacking medical facilities has a huge positive impact. On top of the health camps, the foundation has carried out a huge amount of post earthquake work following the devastating 2015 tremor which caused widespread devastation and loss of life and livelihoods. The NGO also works with rural communities on small scale projects, for example a community farm set up by the younger generation, mentored by the oldies in the village, as a way for them to earn a decent income. This helps give young people a reason to stay in the village, rather than heading to Kathmandu or further afield to look for work. It’s not only in Wales that the draw of the big city leads to young talent leaving the rural areas!
We hope you agree that this fantastic work is worthy of your support. To this end we will donate 10% of all entry fees directly to Himalayan Quests Foundation. We also invite you to ask family, friends and colleagues to support you on your Everesting challenge by making a donation.
Questions? Please get in touch by email to [email protected] or phone us on 01497 822419.