At the risk of losing your attention before I’ve even started, I want to mention e-bikes. No, don’t go! It’s nothing heavy – for that you can go and look at any of this year’s Eurobike coverage online. No, this is just a gentle, relax-among-friends type of mention. Because we decided to use one recently for one of their more appealing purposes – helping us to complete a particularly demanding challenge. Namely, ‘Everesting’. Briefly, this is the act of ascending the equivalent height of the world’s highest mountain in one go, in an altogether less hostile location. We tweaked it up a bit and decided to descend the full distance too, just for the hell of it. We thought we could do this because we’d be using an e-bike, which, as we all know, is ‘cheating’ and would make life real easy, right? Well it turns out not, as our Features Ed, Al, found out. He still had to pedal hard enough on the 500m climb up Morzine’s Le Pleney to keep the motor at its speed limit, and then ride the black run back down. Now, with the assistance of a motor or not, that’s some pretty demanding physical exertion. And Al was looking at 19 times up and 19 times down in under 12 hours, with a fierce electrical storm and torrential rain added into the mix. Suddenly, using the e-bike didn’t seem quite so much like cheating any more. See whether he was successful on page 54, and watch his video
of the challenge on MBUK.com.
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