XC World Cup racer Keegan Swenson has broken the 'Everesting' record after he ascended 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) in just seven hours, 40 minutes.
The reigning US XC national champion found the challenge "one of the hardest things I've ever done on the bike" with Swenson managing to take 12 minutes off the previous record which was set by Phil Gaimon a week before.
To achieve this feat Swenson wanted to find a climb that would provide a good balance between height gained and distance. He eventually settled on a section of the Pine Canyon Rd. climb in Midway, Utah, this would provide a height gain of 311.81 meters (1,023 feet) over a distance of 2.93 kilometers (1.82 miles). To complete the challenge Swenson had to repeat the route 28 times.
The challenge which first began in 1994 sees riders try to climb the elevation of Everest, 8848 meters, on their bikes in the shortest time possible. Swenson and his friend Ryan Standish took on the challenge last week as a fundraiser for the charity Bike MS which is a fundraising event for the National MS Society.
Check out our partner site, Cycling Tips, who chatted to Swenson just after he set the new record