What is the Everesting Challenge?? With 2020 lock down around and events getting cancelled left right and centre, cyclists all around the globe riders wanted some targets to train for... so they started "Everesting" as motivation to train for a goal! 'Everesting' is climbing the height of Mt. Everest i.e. 8849mts.... Hell's 500 are the custodians of everesting and the rules go as follows, Everesting has to be on the same climb... and be recorded in one activity.... most riders use strava segments to count towards elevation gain..
Kiran picked Siddhanath Parvat the second highest peak in Goa for the challenge. The section of the climb chosen was a 1.78km stretch with a gradient of 9.8%.. To complete this inhuman task the climb needed to be repeated a daunting 52 times totalling an elevation gain of 8944 mts. Kiran started this challenge on 10th February at 11pm and completed it on 12th February at 5am... total ride time of a tad over 30hrs and nearly 19hr 40mins sitting on the saddle..
After 35 laps of doing so many efforts on a steep gradient and the muscle fatigue building up Kiran experienced some knee issues... Reaching the summit of Siddhanat Parvat, a formidable climb is considered as admirable and an achievement by itself. To select this climb to attempt a Challenge such as this needs a strong mind to match the strength of the body. Kiran’s goal to finish what he started never dithered... at the start of the challenge he stuck a small sticker on his bike visible when riding which read 'I CAN DO IT ' and with his support crew and a little bit of ice he was all ready to go on another lap... lap after lap
Icing was done to relieve the pain.. but his focus never wavered.....cheerful and strong! Even when Strava failed to record a lap because of technical issues with his phone.... he was cool calm and composed jumping back on his bike and completing 2 more laps adding a 3rd one for good measure to cover any further Strava goof up!
A support team is not just about the logistics and practical aspects.... it stands by you when you need that little more to forge ahead in the final push! Xaxti Tech man Sarva, Prajyot, Pradhyum and Kiran’s brother Ravi ...the team which set up camp on the summit of Siddhanath Parvat on the night of 10 February
After the verification process by Hell s 500 yesterday at around 9am this challenge was approved and Kiran Kumbar is the first cyclist in Goa and the 14th in INDIA to complete the Full Everesting Challenge of 8849 mts elevation. A mere 7055 cyclists worldwide as on record have accomplished this feat. Congratulations Kiran Kumbar! It was not easy but you converted, ‘I can do it ‘ to a huge ‘ I DID IT’