New Everesting World record set under 7 hours by Sean Gardner

New Everesting World record set under 7 hours by Sean Gardner

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American cyclist Sean Gardner is the first to have broken the seven hour Everesting mark while also setting a new World Record in a time of 6:59:38.

Gardner set the new record on a road called Tanners Ridge Road, Virginia with a total ride distance of 116km, over an average gradient of 15.5% with a maximum gradient of 22.6%. Yep…that’s steep:

See Strava segment here

Gardner who races for Philadelphia based club CS Velo and is USAC level 3 coach previously held a 07:25:59 on Reeds Gap, Virginia on 15/09/2020.

Gardner said on his instagram post after the ride, “Everest challenge world record attempt was a brute! 29,029 ft on a bike is such a savage challenge. 50 laps of a 13% climb starts to get to you after a while. Started out well and was right on world record pace for the first 4 hours. At 5 hours in I hit a bit of a rough patch and started to bleed some time. I tried to recover towards the end but had lost a bit too much time. Still pending official results but I ended up missing the world record time by just a handful of minutes. Secured the American record though! Bummed to have it be so close after 7 hours of time trialing. Even more bummed to have it be so close that I feel like I need to give it another go ????. Lots of room for improvement and many marginal gains to be gained. Big thanks to the support crew and friends for the advice on making it happen.”

More to come…

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