After 9 hours and 25 minutes on his turbo trainer, Darren Roberts completed his Everesting attempt on Zwift late on Saturday night. He climbed 8,852 metres (29,042 feet) on the Alpe du Zwift course (over 8 and a half ascents). Alpe du Zwift is a faithful reproduction of the real Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps. Mount Everest is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) in elevation.
He covered 216 km (134 miles) in doing this, putting out an average of 221 Watts for those 9+ hours, and using up over 7,000 calories. However, Daz is no stranger to ultra-endurance events, and he was well stocked up with supplies of calories, as you’ll see from the attached photo.
As well as this massive elevation gain counting towards the club’s June climbing challenge, Daz’s mammoth ride was part of a wider charity event on that day, the Everesting Hope Challenge, which raises money for the Hope For Justice charity and aims to help bring an end to modern slavery. You can find out more details about this, and you can still donate, at https://hopeforjustice.org/virtualhopechallenge/
It’s enough of an achievement on its own, but Daz’s ride went further into the record books by making the third best Strava time ever for 8 climbs of Alpe du Zwift!
Many congratulations to Daz on this amazing feat!