Ever­est­ing in Canada

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Matthew Pioro

Climb­ing 8,848 m on five iconic Cana­dian in­clines

May is the best month to at­tempt an as­cent to the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est. In most of Canada, late May is not a bad month to try Ever­est­ing, rid­ing up a climb, then down it, and then up it again un­til you’ve logged 8,848 m of el­e­va­tion gain. In one ride, you climb to the top of the world’s tallest moun­tain, vir­tu­ally. Here are five prime climbs for get­ting all Sir Edmund Hil­lary with a 25-tooth cog. Ac­tu­ally, a 28 is prob­a­bly bet­ter. Mont-mé­gan­tic, Que. Mont-mé­gan­tic reg­u­larly fea­tures in the Tour de Beauce. In 2009, Darwin Ata­puma, now of uae Team Emi­rates, won the stage atop Mé­gan­tic. Fel­low Colom­bian Ser­gio Luis He­nao, cur­rently with Team Sky, was sec­ond. Length: 5.3 km Av­er­age grade: 9.6 per cent El­e­va­tion gain in one as­cent: 511 m Num­ber of climbs re­quired to Ever­est: 17.32

Voie Camil­lien Houde, Mon­treal

Camil­lien Houde is part of the Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Mon­tréal. The Worldtour rid­ers only climb it 17 times. Wimps. Also, for your climb­ing to count as an Ever­est­ing at­tempt, you must fol­low the same route down that you took up. It seems the pros aren’t re­ally wor­ried about a proper Ever­est dur­ing the GP. Length: 1.6 km Av­er­age grade: 7.3 per cent El­e­va­tion gain in one as­cent: 119 m Num­ber of climbs re­quired to Ever­est: 74.36

Mar­mot Basin, Jasper

Mar­mot Basin was the fi­nale of Stage 4 of the 2015 Tour of Al­berta. Tom-jelte Slagter won the stage, af­ter win­ning the day be­fore. Would he ever be keen on do­ing the climb 13.77 times? Length: 12.97 km Av­er­age grade: 4.9 per cent El­e­va­tion gain in one as­cent: 643 m Num­ber of climbs re­quired to Ever­est: 13.77

Mount Revel­stoke, B.C.

In 2013, Cana­dian cy­cling mag­a­zine dubbed the Mount Revel­stoke climb the hard­est in Canada. It’s def­i­nitely one of the long­est climbs on the con­ti­nent. Length: 26 km Av­er­age grade: 5.6 per cent El­e­va­tion gain in one as­cent: 1,468 m Num­ber of climbs re­quired to Ever­est: 6.03

Mount Sey­mour, B.C.

Mount Sey­mour is part of Van­cou­ver’s clas­sic Triple Crown chal­lenge. It’s the tallest of the three moun­tains, so the most ef­fi­cient for rack­ing up 8,848 m. Length: 13.1 km Av­er­age grade: 6.9 per cent El­e­va­tion gain in one as­cent: 904 m Num­ber of climbs re­quired to Ever­est: 9.79

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