Have you ever wondered just what it takes to get up Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world? Maybe briefly – and for most of us that’s as far as it goes as we quickly realise the bleakness and life threatening potential of such an expedition. The closest we were ever going to get to such a challenge was tackling the equivalent height in an altogether less hostile environment. There’s even a term and a website dedicated to this practice – Everesting.
Now, Everesting wasn’t something our downhill-loving Features Editor Al was really chomping at the bit to do. So we decided to make life a little easier for him by giving him an e-bike to carry out the challenge on. Despite his trepidation, Al made it to the Pleney in Morzine, France to attempt the challenge and it turns out that even with some pedal assist action, this was no stroll in the park. Watch the video below and grab a copy of issue 348 to find out exactly how he got on…
Features Editor Alex calls the mellow rolling hills of Dorset home, but before he started on MBUK, he lived in The French Alpine town of Morzine for seven years. Here he developed a scary ability to make the steepest and gnarliest trails look like a walk in the park. Occasionally his speed caught up with him, resulting in several bone crunching crashes at World Cup downhill level. Since hanging up his racing shoes Al regularly clocks up a massive weekly mileage on his trail bike, so is one of our hardiest testers.