1 million vertical meters: ultra cyclist Jack Thompson first to 'reach space' in one calendar year

The Australian rode 52 Everestings and an additional 2,068m of climbing on his 'off days'

Jack Thompson, ultra cyclist
(Image credit: Roval)

Ultra cyclist Jack Thompson has done it! 

After a year-long quest, the Australian has ridden an astonishing 1,000,000 metres (3,280,839.9 feet) of elevation, which would put one deep into outer space.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.