Bruce Anderson and Stephen Eachus, ambassadors for the local Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) and its Changing Lives Through Nature Campaign, attempted to match the height of Mount Everest (8 848m above sea level) by cycling up to the Tokai Mast on Sunday 16 September.
The Everest Challenge, or Everesting, is a classic endurance challenge for athletes, which involves cycling the amount of elevation equal to the height of Mount Everest.
It was the latest of many ambitious training rides which the duo will undertake right up until the Absa Cape Epic in March 2020 to raise funds and awareness for the work of the organisation.
Anderson and Eachus set out on Sunday for a long day of uphill riding. Unfortunately, they ran out of daylight, but not before completing the ride up to the mast seven times – covering a 162km with an elevation of 6 024m in 12hrs and 44mins.
Although this did not match Mount Everest, it does mean they cycled higher than Mount Kilimanjaro (5 895m).
Anderson, a Grade 4 teacher at Kirstenhof Primary School, explains how the roots of the idea to become ambassadors took hold.
“Stephen and I were enjoying a post-ride cup of tea when we began to discuss how we could do what we love but make a difference while doing it.”
As they both enjoy pushing their bodies to the limit, they decided to enter for the Cape Epic.
“But we decided to do it differently. Not only for ourselves, but in the service of others. That’s when we called our friends at the CTEET and explained what we wanted to do; ride to raise awareness, and funds, for the crucial work they do within our communities and schools,” he says.
The duo is attempting to raise R150 000 in the run-up to the Cape Epic next year.