Video: The Fastest Ever Everesting - CyclingTips Editor Ronan Mc Laughlin Breaks a World Record

Apr 1, 2021
by Sarah Moore  

Six hours, forty minutes, and fifty-four seconds. That’s how long it took Ronan Mc Laughlin, a full time tech writer here at CyclingTips, a father and a husband, to ride the height of Mount Everest. He smashed the world record by nearly 20 minutes and lopped some 25 minutes off his own previous record.

How did he do it?

One of the benefits of having a CT staffer hit out at world records is that we get a bit of extra heads up. So we sent our own Phil Golston to Mamore Gap with camera to capture the effort, from bike prep to mid-descent tire explosions to an emotional finish. Catch it all in the film above.

Read the original article here.


  • 34 1
 Well no nobody is going to belive this cause it is April fools day.
  • 27 0
 imagine climbing the same hill for 7 hours
  • 10 0
 I feel like that is most of my rides. I climb slow.
  • 4 0
 So a 1000’ vert hill once?
  • 5 0
 Imagine going down the same hill for 7 hours
  • 1 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: As long as there's a lift at the bottom.
  • 1 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: when you put it like that all of a sudden it doesn’t sound so crazy
  • 16 0
 A 12 pound bike? Thats lighter than my suspension
  • 13 0
 I feel all everesting posts need to include a before and after photo.... as a warning to others.
  • 8 0
 Great effort and great video
I would happily watch that at a mountain movie festival or bike night movie night
A nice change to watching not very good “content “ videos on instagram. (Not their fault I am watching their insta)

I pleage $5 to ronan personally for Ronan to try and hit 6hrs 30min
And $5 for the building of a fully custom Lotus-Hope style everesting bike or the best bike possible

Ineos may even want to come onboard like the sub 2hr marathon . Would even cost less than 45min of prada cup racing ( aprox £10 000 000)
  • 5 0
 70 laps in a day, his hands are locked this way
  • 1 0
 This strikes me as a "it's all about performance" type:
  • 7 2
 ?? April fools?
  • 1 0
 6:40? That's freaking insane power output, and you need to nail the descents and turn arounds perfectly with no mistakes to get under 7 hours too.
  • 3 0
 where's @mikelevy gravel attempt at?
  • 2 0
 Well done Ronan! Amazing achievement. It's great to watch such a passionate and heartfelt video.
  • 3 0
 That's no joke.
  • 2 0
 He took it in a very professional way ,congratulations job well done
  • 1 0
 I am a pretty fit rider and I would be happy to do this in TWICE the time. Pretty insane pace he did.
  • 2 1
 whats about the intense wind from the back? that is (in part) a trick imo
  • 3 0
 Cycling's an outdoor sport. Every Everesting ever done was wind affected to some degree, the benefits are available for anyone who can be bothered to plan for it.
  • 1 1
 As you have to return in the same direction you climbed, and wind advantages are nullified.
  • 3 0
Not really, headwind descending just means less use of brakes, headwind climbing is game over?
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: Not even close. Tailwind climb and headwind descent is far, far better than the opposite. You need to think about the amount of time you spend going faster or slower, not the distance. Since you spend far more time climbing than descending, the advantage of a tail wind is far greater on a climb than on a descent.
  • 1 0
 Hold on now, was he receiving full water bottles at the top?!
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