Yorkshire cyclists set new record for climbing on Mont Ventoux

Five British riders accumulate new world record of 100,000 feet of climbing after repeatedly ascending and descending Mont Ventoux in France - the equivalent of reaching the edge of space

Mont Ventoux

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A team of five Yorkshire cyclists have proven that even Everesting a hill climb can be usurped by a challenge far more demanding. Extreme team Ultra6 have just returned from one of the Tour de France’s fabled mountains, Mont Ventoux, having claimed three world records to raise funds for ABF and M4Melanoma.

Ben Wood, Nick Jovanovic, Matt Robinson, Andy North and James Welsh cycled 100,000ft in vertical ascent and descent on the lunar-like mountain roads in over four days in their 'Race to Space' challenge, the furthest vertical distance on one stretch of road ever recorded, eclipsing the previous record of 65,000ft.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.