Zwifting Everest for Kumukahi

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Tsheli Lujabe is ready for her Zwift Everesting ride (Photo: R24)
Tsheli Lujabe is ready for her Zwift Everesting ride (Photo: R24)
  • Most cyclists don’t like climbs
  • But for some the effort of climbing has real appeal
  • Three local woman are going to do a huge virtual climbing ride for a very good cause – and you can join

Everesting is one of the toughest things you can do in cycling.

The concept is simple: find a climb, and repeat it, until you climb the equivalent of Mount Everest.

Sounds simple but it isn’t easy. The sheer effort and monotony undo many Everesting attempts.

You need to ride climb a total of 8848m in a single session of riding which might total many, many repeats of a small hill.

Not only is that effort well beyond the normal cumulative amount of climbing in a ride (very few people will climb more than 1500m on their weekend ride), but the repetitiveness is a killer.

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The group will be bringing their outdoor riding form, indoors (Photo: R24)

A true test of mental and physical fitness

Despite the challenges of Everesting, it remains a strong target activity of riders. During peak lockdown virtual Everesting became a thing as riders used simulated hill repeats to do the same. On their indoor trainers.

Three local riders are now going to spin their pedals into the Everesting realm for a good cause.

Thuto Skweyiya, Ria Mathopa, and Tsheli Lujabe are dedicated road riders from Pretoria. On 9 August, they will be attempting a virtual Everesting ride to raise funds for the Kumukahi NGO.

A long day on the trainer

How will these three Highveld roadies get to their cumulative climbing target of 8848m? They will be using the Zwift virtual riding app and more specifically, its Alpe de Zwift segment.

Part of the Zwift Watopia riding world, this segment has 21 hairpin turns and 1036m of climbing.

It’s like riding from the waterfront to the cable car station atop Table Mountain.

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Thuto Skweyiya, Tsheli Lujabe and Ria Mathopa love riding. And even more, for a good cause (Photo: R24)

Digital Alpe D’Huez, for a good outcome

Thuto Skweyiya, Ria Mathopa, and Tsheli Lujabe are going to try eight-and-a-half laps of Alpe de Zwift, to reach their Everesting target.

This Zwift route is reminiscent of the iconic Alpe D’Huez climb, one of the most storied parts of any Tour de France.

All proceeds raised on the backabuddy platform, will go benefit the Bethany home, for abused women and children.

Riders can pledge support for this Everesting attempt and join, for part of the Zwift ride on 9 August.

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