American rider takes hill repeats to a new level by breaking climbing world record

Craig Cannon climbs 29,146m in under 48 hours to break an unofficial record near Oakland, California

Craig Cannon (in the Hawaiian shirt) climbed over three times the height of Mt Everest (Photo: Twitter)

Hill climbs: some of us love them, some of us hate them, but Oakland native Craig Cannon went above and beyond on his recent ride, breaking an unofficial world record for the most ascending metres.

Cannon recorded his 339 mile ride on Strava where he clocked up an eyewatering 29,146m of climbing over the course of his 42 hours on the bike.

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He completed the feat by repeatedly climbing the South Park ascent in Orinda's Tilden National Park. Originally planning to simply climb the same height as Mount Everest, Cannon said he just decided to carry on once that target was in the bag.

“I finished the ride in 13 or 14 hours and I still felt good, so I thought maybe I can do something longer,” Cannon told NBC Bay Area.

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By reaching 95,622ft of ascent he broke the previous record of 95,452ft as the most climbed in a 48-hour period.

Maybe give it a try next time you have a spare 48 hours and decent hill to climb.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.