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Swazi Frontier to cycle the height of Everest in under 24 hours

The team behind the annual Inyatsi Swazi Frontier MTB race, have launched the ‘Everesting for SAWS’ challenge!

Everesting is a cycling challenge to climb the height of Everest in a single activity by riding repeats of the same section of a hill until you achieve a 8848m ascent! Join Brett and Ian in the cycling phenomenon taking the globe by storm and be a part of the first Everesting attempt on record in the Kingdom of Eswatini!

The Swazi Frontier team have mapped out 61 repeats of the iconic Waterford hill in Mbabane. Here are stats:

  • 147m per ascent
  • 3.1km per repeat
  • 61 x 147 = 8967m
  • 61 x 3.1km = 189.1km

The event will take place on Saturday 29th August 2020 at 15h00. Summit point will be Waterford-Kamhlaba UWC staff houses (opposite Annadale School) and the base point will be Engonweni Road. Anticipated riding time is between 20 to 24 hours. The world record for this challenge is 7h 04m 41sec set by Ronan McLaughlin of Ireland!

Anyone is welcome to ride as many repeats as they choose provided they raise money for SAWS subject to a minimum donation of E100.

These are the Everesting rules:

  • Pick any section of any hill
  • Repeat the same climb and descent (via the same route, no loops allowed)
  • No time limits
  • No sleep allowed (comfort and meal breaks only)
  • No ascent may be gained for free (kinetic gain) on the roll back down the hill
  • No walking – this is a cycling challenge
  • Choose your weapon – Road or MTB, no e-bikes allowed. Pedal power only!

This challenge is a fund-raising initiative for SAWS (Swaziland Animal Welfare Society) so please support by donating. For donations, please visit the Global Giving page here.

To follow COVID-19 compliance, there is minimal infrastructure. Please bring all your own bike gear, food, drinks etc. required for your ride and any of your supporters. There will be no drinks or snacks for sale. Toilets are at Waterford-Kamhlaba UWC. Due to COVID-19 there are no medics supporting this challenge.