Keegan Swenson Sets New 'Everesting' Record

May 21, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

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.

bigquotesYesterdays Everest FKT attempt was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done on a bike. On par with White Rim for sure!

Here’s some nerdy stuff for y’all that are interested: Total distance/elevation 104.5 miles and 29,680ft (I corrected the elevation on Strava). The segment I picked (“Gate to first switch” on Pine Canyon road) 1.82 miles long, started at about 5900 and finished around 6900ft (1023ft exactly) and it averaged 11% with a max gradient of 22.9%. It took about 13-14.5min and I tried to average about 270-280w each rep.

Then I’d flip around and rip that same segment, fastest descent was 2:10 and my max speed was 58.6 mph (sorry Tanya Swenson). Huge thank you to everyone that donated to Bike MS and to everyone that came out to support Ryan Standwich and I! Also, massive thank you to my parents who were out there from 8am till 5pm handing out bottles and food for us!! Could not have done it without you guys.
Keegan Swenson, Instagram

Check out our partner site, Cycling Tips, who chatted to Swenson just after he set the new record.





56 Comments

  • 39 0
 I don't even fathom how this is humanly possible. Then two days after this he goes to High Star Ranch for a "Recovery" ride and steals all my KOMs. #Beast
Nice work Keegan, you are a machine.
  • 7 32
flag mi-bike (May 21, 2020 at 9:31) (Below Threshold)
 KOMs weren’t worth much in the best of times
  • 16 0
 I've been chasing FKTs for a while now, but alas, I thought it stood for FUNNEST KNOWN TIME, so I've brought my fly rod and sleeping bag with me. I have considered changing it to FISHINGEST KNOWN TIME or FISHIEST KNOWN TIME, but both of these still manage to introduce confusion with the first letter. Maybe BKT-BEST KNOWN TIME?
  • 2 0
 Even though I get corrected all the time by saying 'Funnest', I like that the best.
  • 5 0
 just to clarify, he did NOT catch any fish during this ride, correct?
  • 9 0
 Nice work Keegan. Gaimon sets new world record. Keegan says hold my beer. I'll beat it, and I'll do it at altitude. He probably could have added 10% to those power numbers at sea level. One bad ass dude.
  • 6 0
 He wanted that Strava KOM so badly he climbed the hill 28 times until he got it!
  • 6 0
 Maybe dumb question but he did this on a road bike, on the road, right?
  • 3 0
 With downhill speeds of 58.6mph, most likely. Hard to tell, but I'd wager those are road shoes he's wearing? I couldn't find any details on CyclingTips article either :-/
  • 4 0
 @deadflat: I also wondered this. 56km/h would seem like a mountain bike top speed with 1x gearing. I never get much above 60 even when I'm spinning out on the road, riding the MTB.
At almost 100km/h it must be on a road bike.
  • 2 0
 100%
  • 2 0
 Yeah this was on a road bike, I saw on his Instagram
  • 1 0
 He’s wearing road shoes
  • 1 0
 Keegan's such a rad dude. He's an FKT machine. Still holds White Rim as well, I believe...which he did like a week before coming to compete in the Oztrails Epic Offroad (I think he got second that year after winning it the previous year).
  • 4 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
  • 4 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
  • 3 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
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 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
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 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
  • 18 0
 @Hogfly @Ajorda @fledger @mihauek @anyexcusetoride

sorry...I didn't catch that, say again Smile
  • 4 0
 @RadBartTaylor: FFS - Fastest Known Time...

Clean your eyeballs out, Sir! Razz
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: btw, what is FFS?
  • 1 0
 @mihauek: for flip sake
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fastest Known Time
  • 3 0
 @RadBartTaylor: Fred's Killer Tamales. Man they really are the best, you haven't lived until you've tried them. Fred knows what he's doing.
  • 2 0
 @GeeHad: Fred's Tamales FTW
  • 2 1
 I read about this record earlier on his Facebook account because I am following him on there but because my insufficient English I misunderstood that his time was slower than the current record and I mentioned that if he would try to beat the record at sea level then he might off broken the current record. My bad for my misinterpreting what he wrought on Facebook. So great job for the record Smile
  • 2 0
 In other news... Everest climbers are "Tour Dividing" ascents of the peak where they take less than 13 days and get nothing for it.
  • 3 0
 Beast Mode 2020. I will think of this next time I need to "dig deep".
  • 2 0
 Wait, was this before or after Phil Gaimon just did 7:52? Either way, spectacular effort!
  • 5 0
 just 1 week later.
  • 18 0
 @Patrick9-32: Hahaha Phil did say in his video "If anyone wants my record, they can f*cking have it." I guess, ask and you shall receive...
  • 7 0
 Gaimon has the KOM on a very popular climb near me and it's freaking in-humanly insanely fast. Like sprint in a 53 tooth up a 12 percent grade fast.
  • 2 0
 @goldencycle: after he threw up lol!
  • 2 0
 Mcelveen mentioned on IG that Keegan was already planning to go for the record when he did when Phil set it. He pretty much went "well, we'll see if I can do it" after he found it. Smile
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: He is insane! In his video he talked about doing an hour at 303W as "comically easy"
  • 3 0
 @goldencycle: Find the TrainerRoad youtube video that they did with Keegan about the Everesting. It has his power profile for that day. He did 270 watts for 16 min 31 times. You can also pull down his personal best power numbers and they are ridiculous.
  • 2 0
 It would be a tough challenge for me to hit that climb number in a week, 7 hours is freaking nuts!
  • 1 1
 Sorry to be a math pedant, but if he did that route 28 times, he didn't do an Everest, he only did a K2. I'm assuming the wording means he did it 29 times. Anyway, awesome achievement and I bet Gaimon is feeling sick again.
  • 1 0
 Then needed to eat 50 pizzas just to maintain that 90lb physique! Damn that's some calorie burning!
  • 1 0
 Nice work Keegan. Impressive!
  • 1 0
 Would say impressive! but when climbing same hill 28 times?
  • 1 0
 top notch work
  • 2 2
 Time for an e-bike FKT?
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