A British rider has set a new women’s Everesting record, while also becoming the fastest Brit to have completed the challenge.
Hannah Rhodes ascended 8,848m, the height of Mount Everest, in 163km, taking just over nine hours.
Her time of 9-08-31 smashed former pro Lauren De Crescenzo’s previous best time of 9-57-29 by nearly 50 minutes, with De Crescenzo having taken the crown off Boels-Dolmans Katie Hall.
Successful Everesting attempts have boomed during coronavirus lockdown, with both the women’s and men’s records changing hands numerous times in the past few weeks, as the lack of club rides and races necessitate professional and amateur riders keep themselves occupied.
Rhodes’ successful attempt took place in the Lake District in the north of England, riding Kirkstone Pass 27.5 times. The climb has an average gradient of 10.9 per cent.
Her average speed was 18.2km/h and held a weighted power average of 215w as she also became the fastest British man or woman to have completed the Everesting challenge.
“Not sure I could go so far as to say I feel fine,” Rhodes wrote on Strava following her ride, which she rode in support of Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizen’s Advice Bureau, having raised hundreds of pounds so far via her Go Fund Me page.
“In addition to the 124 pages of QOMs that Hannah Rhodes holds, she also won last summer’s Alpe d’Huez Grimpee (50:39) and was 4th at the Nat HC on Haytor last year,” Hells 500, who adjudicate Everesting attempts, wrote on their Facebook page.