By Niall Todd
Everesting in Devon, September 27th
It was in a cycling magazine I first properly became aware of ‘Everesting’, one of Laurie’s rides I think. I read it, was impressed but cast it aside with notions that such riders must be a tad insane. Some days/weeks later another magazine and another Everesting story…. a few days later something clicked and I considered it a great end of season goal. My TT season ending end of September, holiday in the sun booked for October 3rd – I figured if I was to attempt such a thing then the last weekend of September would be the one. Saturday 27th was chosen, with Sunday as a plan B in case the weather was horrendous.
Where to do it was the next question. Living near Dartmoor, there’s no shortage of the up and down stuff and soon a list of 3 was put together. I sought advice and had some great comms with riders already having done an Everest and Gulworthy Hill was eventually chosen. Not the longest or steepest (just under 1.5miles @ average 6%) but lots of logistical benefits in being close to home (easily accessible spares!) and a hill I know very well. It’s also fairly sheltered compared to others on the moors – so, hill chosen!!