8,848 meters in under eight hours: Gaimon sets record for fastest Everesting
Phil Gaimon set a new world record for completing the fastest Everesting attempt on Monday in Los Angeles.
The former road pro rode the total elevation of Mt. Everest (8,848 meters, or 29,029 feet) in a time of 7:52:12, attaining his pre-ride goal of going under eight hours and topping the previous record time of 8:46:11 set in Australia by Tobias Lestrell in 2017 by more than 50 minutes.
Gaimon completed over 60 trips up and down the steep Mountaingate Drive climb (and put in one extra lap just to be safe) for a total ride distance of 156.15 kilometers (97.03) miles.
His weighted average power for the duration of his attempt was around 280 watts.
Gaimon made the effort as part of an annual push to raise funds for No Kid Hungry, a charity that works to combat child hunger in the United States. As of Tuesday afternoon he has already raised $72,000 towards his goal of $100,000.
To see more details from Gaimon’s impressive ride, you can check out the first video (featuring an appearance CyclingTips’s own Everesting expert Andy van Bergen) in a series that he is making about the experience.
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