Tiago Ferreira Climbs 17,753 Meters in 24 Hours

Jul 23, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Tiago Ferreira has climbed more than double the height of Everest in 24 hours and may have set a new World Record in the process.

Ferreira is the current XCM European Champion and set off on his monstrous challenge to climb as high as possible in 24 hours yesterday morning. He did the attempt on a 3km course that had a vertical gain of just over 200 meters. He completed 83 laps of the course and reached a height of 17,753 meters (58,244 feet) after cycling a total of 247.5km in 23 hours and 30 minutes. His full ride stats can be found here.


To put that distance in perspective, Everest is 8,848 meters, a passenger jet will cruise at a max of around 11,500 meters and if he did the distance all in one go he would have ended up well into the Earth's stratosphere.

bigquotes“I am very happy to have achieved this goal! I thought that the night phase would be the most complicated, but dawn ended up bringing the greatest weight of tiredness, especially with pain in the hands and feet. But I never thought about giving up, I was very well prepared and everything went well. I will stop at least three or four days until I can get back on the bike. Then the normal preparation follows, as I expect to return to UCI competitions as early as AugustTiago Ferreira

According to Red Bull Portugal, Tiago is now awaiting confirmation that his effort will result in a world record. The current world record for height climbed on a bicycle in 24 hours is 20,919 meters set on July 21 however this was done on a road, Tiago's off-road effort should put him in a different record category.

Regardless of the record or not, Tiago's feat remains a herculean effort and shows some mightily impressive fitness.

You can watch the last 10 hours of Tiago's effort here:




62 Comments

  • 124 1
 big pp
  • 23 0
 Comments should be closed. Nothing more to say.
  • 2 1
 I was gonna say. This is cool... but why? But I think you hit the nail on the head... no pun intended.
  • 4 1
 XXL pp
  • 1 0
 @newbermuda: Progressive geo...
  • 1 7
flag vjunior21 (Jul 24, 2020 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 I want to see something I am interested in like the world record distance of downhilling in 24 hours. I think after hour three the arms will wear out. That's is when the men are separated from the boys.
  • 3 0
 @vjunior21: That and puberty!!!
  • 1 0
 @vjunior21: @kram.... you guys need a repost
  • 1 0
 He has that BDE that's for sure.
  • 1 0
 I just noticed pp and 屁屁 means the same
  • 68 0
 Earlier this morning I thought, "It would be cool if someone did an Everest but with descending" and then I realized I'm an idiot.
  • 6 0
 Snowshoe did a DH Everest race in the early 2010s. They called it the Chomolungma Challenge... 10 laps down the Pro DH and 10 laps down one of the flow trails to equal ~30,000 feet of descending. Would love to see them bring it back now that Everesting has exploded.
  • 1 0
 @SangamonTaylor: Snow Summit used to do a 12 hour DH race, most laps wins.
  • 1 0
 @Oxnard:

Angel Fire have had a similar race. Put on by Redbull (I think)
  • 1 0
 Some competition going DH was made in Fort Williams in the 2010's im as many rounds you can in I don't know the amount of time, but they went day and night.
  • 3 0
 Mariana Trenching?
  • 42 0
 I do a ride with 1,000m elevation gain and am all proud of myself! This is insanity.
  • 27 1
 A 1,000m day leaves me completely exhausted. He just did 17x that. Unreal
  • 1 0
 Same!
  • 37 0
 One thing more difficult than this ride would be watching that entire 10 hour video.
  • 5 0
 Action starting at 6:59:50
  • 26 0
 I'm glad that someone else does this so that I don't have to.
  • 21 0
 He still had 30mins to gain some meters, I dont know how he can sleep at night.
  • 3 0
 Hah. My thoughts exactly . . . given the ~ 17 minute lap averages, another pass would have been "easy." Wink
  • 3 0
 @Inertiaman: I think the record is of 24h total, and not 24h riding time.
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: Of course its total cumulative clock time, but in the video he stopped at 23:29:37 clock time.
  • 19 0
 I know what I'm doing for the next 9 hours, 58 minutes, and 3 seconds.
  • 7 0
 wwwwwwhat! These guys have gone too far. This is just torturing themselves... insanity
  • 7 0
 I'm a big fan of all this madness. This guy just gained a fan.
  • 6 0
 first person to watch all 10 hours (and prove you didnt just leave it running and go do other stuff) gets a hearty handshake
  • 6 0
 I did it because I miss handshakes.
  • 2 0
 Hour 8:01:30, doesn't drink a Redbull.
  • 8 1
 Wow. And people buy ebikes to do just 800 meters or so
  • 2 0
 Well, people are as lazy as it gets.
  • 3 0
 I did 1820m a couple of weeks again the the Lake, I didn't move far from the fridge and couch the day after... Some result 17700 in one sitting
  • 4 4
 Cool? Strava or it didn’t happen
  • 2 1
 @docs90: I don’t have Strava.
  • 1 0
 @usedbikestuff: then it didn't happen in the UsWink UK stealth rides
  • 3 0
 something around 1700m (on a enduro ride, not xc ride) is the limit for me. he did 10x more. this is insane. kudos!
  • 4 0
 What the actual. Absolute monster.
  • 5 0
 what in tarnation
  • 1 0
 Off road too! Friend of mine likes his climbing, and did offroad everest this year, strava comments:

"Everesting no.5 (off road).

55.5 reps. Hard."

took him 20 hrs (320km) - to double that climb in 24 hrs is nuts
  • 1 0
 How amazing are humans potential? and just think, in theory what one man\woman can do, another can do, imagine how much would get done in the world if we all were trained to this level of endurance!
  • 3 0
 Lot of people wont ever climb this much in their entire life...! Congrats!
  • 2 0
 Crazy that this is still behind the ski record...
www.outsideonline.com/2390051/kilian-jornet-vertical-ski-record
  • 1 0
 Duuuude wtf about his legs?? Any massagist there?? And what gears he used?? 28t x 52???
  • 3 0
 hold my beer
  • 1 0
 Huu, and i ve felt heroic when i was riding 10‘000m downhill in a day. And suffered heroically the next days.
  • 3 0
 Seems like a lot of work
  • 2 0
 Rampage videos have nothing on this one!!
  • 2 0
 congrats Tiago Ferreira !!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, putting Portugal on the map! This is ridiculous, congrats Tiago!
  • 1 0
 Hold my Super Bock! Congrats!!!
  • 1 0
 In my opinion, you're bullying me ????
  • 1 0
 what saddle does he have?
  • 1 0
 Epic.
  • 1 0
 Great achievement!
  • 1 0
 Hold my beer
  • 1 0
 100% hardman confirmed.
  • 1 0
 Wtf did I just watch

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