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My Everesting on a Bike Fail (A Cycling Story/Documentary)

My Everesting on a Bike Fail (A Cycling Story/Documentary)

100 comments on “My Everesting on a Bike Fail (A Cycling Story/Documentary)

  1. Please don't be upset with my input here because I am a fan of your channel but as someone who learns a great deal on vlogs from people such as yourself (yours is one of the best and most interesting in cycling), this video is a bit disappointing and difficult to watch, it just goes on and on and a cyclist like myself isn't watching for TV entertainment of a story being over told and repeated but to learn and gain from your guidance and experiences. Perhaps I skipped through any technical info about tendons, stretching, power left vs right leg (I displaced my lower lumbars living in the Alps as I pushed with my right harder), your injury being from previous to cycling perhaps and not cycling itself and anything about long distance climbing on ratios 36/28> 34/28. Your videos usually punch in the facts that teach well…Hope you've recovered, yay to Alkaline food groups 🙂 respect, mike

  2. Story telling here is good! Excellent video!
    No thermal tights? Yikes. You gotta dress mega warm man, way warmer than you'd think. Keep those knees warm- extra warm. Its hard to tell how cold your legs are since you can't feel cold in your legs as well as you can in your arms, face, hands, etc. You gotta think that if your riding near or below freezing temperatures that is basically the same temperature people go downhill skiing at and look at what they are wearing – seriously warm gear.

  3. Good effort but prep seemed poor. Gearing all wrong, no gloves and improper clothing to cope with the temperatures on the descent. Gearing did the damage though, especially with a history of knee trouble. Good luck with your next attempt.

  4. hey tyler, best wishes brother. Im rooting for you for the summer time to have a go at it again then. Heal up and fight the climb another day. Everesting is on my bucket list as well, so I really am rooting for you. Keep up the great vlogs man. From fellow vegan, vlogger and road cyclist. Aloha & all the best. Regards – Bernard

  5. thanks for the video @TheVeganCyclist . I am going to give this is a go at hopefully the same time you do it in the summer. any tips on training styles and prep?

  6. Temperature, pressure and altitude considerations aside, do you guys think it would be easier to ride up a constant incline to 29000 feet or to repeat an incline like this?

  7. Good effort mate. Now I have a new challenge to go for. Welcome to the club of Garmin fails!. Trusty STRAVA App never lets you down….use it or as a backup.

  8. I did everesting and succeeded. With 190 reps. by 1km ascending, about 4%. However, it took my 26 hours and 400km of riding. Believe me, mentally is more challenging than physically. I talked with other guys who succeeded the everesting challenge in steeper and shorter rides. They think the same. I started (stupid) on friday evening after work. So I was awake for 14 hours already. Than it took me 26 hours. I was so f** tired that it really got dangerous. So I would chose something in the middel. But defenitely not 190 reps. again. 🙂 Hope you will succeed as well!

  9. Isn't it amazing how Vegans have to let you know at every available opportunity in screaming NEON LIGHTS … that they're a VEGAN … just relax and eat ya fucking food, ride ya frickin bike … you're not gonna get any medals from the rest of us. Enjoy!

  10. Respect for trying…however have to say that your prep and decisions were very poor….which by now you know!
    The fact you chose to do a climb starting in the dark in sub freezing weather without adequate cycling gear like a windstop jacket for descending and that you forgot your gloves! Knew this would not end well. Plus knowing your knee was questionable should have given you the motivation to go with more gearing! I like when you say "I'm fine physically"but my knee is hurting really badly. Thinking you meant I'm fine mentally.
    The video quality was very good. I would non the less recommend that when you are doing a goal oriented documentary that you don't give away the final outcome in the first 30 seconds or in the title!
    Get the knee healed up and core in better shape…have a better nutritional plan…change some gearing so you have a bailout gear…. pick better weather and kill it on your next attempt! Good luck!!!!

  11. You're spot on, VC. High rep Everesting is mentally tough. I recently streamed my own attempt, LIVE on my YouTube channel. It was super-high rep (470+). I would love to experience a low rep, long climb next time.

  12. Great video but that gearing is no wonder why your knee was in that much extra pain. Next time consider upgrading the back to a 32 or 36. That should allow you to spin a bit more and put far less pressure on your knee for that many hours.

  13. Massive respect to you for just attempting this. Watching your videos helped motivate me to buy my first real road bike (base model Specialized, aluminum alloy frame and carbon fork).  I found out quickly that the stock 34/28 setup is adequate at best for climbing, and you were doing this with a 36/28, which is even less adequate. Man, it hurt just listening to how you were shredding your knee. With better weather and a more appropriate crankset/cassette you'll crush this Everesting thing like a MF'ing boss!

  14. Is't that true of life though! Not every attempt at something is successful which makes the story just as valid and interesting!

  15. I ve had a knee injury for 2 weeks, i sprinted with a huge gear and i f$cked it up pretty bad, can someone PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO TREAT IT fast PLEASE

  16. Kudos. But your gear ratio was FUCKED. Awesome vid though. Can't wait for the next attempt, am I right?! 😉

  17. No shit? How ironic. I too am a vegan who is suffering from a BJJ knee injury. Did you quit BJJ to race bikes or do you still do both?

  18. Hey are you going to do the MTN Everest Challenge 2 day bike race with 15,000 of climbing each day?

  19. maybe go up 1/2 way next time with more reps? You seem to think that is more the way to go. You don't necessarily have to go ALL the way up. Great Job. Get that knee right!

  20. It was so obvious he was not going to make it. Wrong gears and wrong clothing. You definitely need a proper winter jacket, winter tights, winter gloves, buff and mask for that type of weather condition. Cool documentary though.

  21. My Dada did a huge race called race around Ireland on his own and did the equivalent of 3 mount Everest's so around 25 thousand metres of climbing!! plz like to support my dad!!!!!!

  22. Hey man, how's the knee? What kinds of things have you done to try to keep this from happening again? I'm on my second knee injury in the last year. I'm off the bike for now and it sucks. I start physical therapy this week. Trying to be optimistic but injuries are the worst.

  23. Not sure how I missed this video 8 months ago?? I laughed when you talked about being terrified that a bear would get you. Totally understand! I bike (road and mountain) in the national forests of Idaho by myself all the time with cougars, bear, and wolves. I THINK they're more afraid of you than you are of them. Maybe. Passed a giant moose a few weeks ago. 😨
    I guess if I die by predator (or vehicle) then I die doing what I love.

  24. I know it's an old video but I'll comment anyway. Sorry to see you had to stop for an old knee injury. I have completed a few Es but also had to quit two (almost got robbed in one and the road – gravel – was destroyed by storms another time) and feel your pain. As others mentioned, having a bail out low gear ration is crucial. Being able to keep higher cadences, I believe, would have put less pressure on your injured knee. Clothes also didn't seem to help (carrying gloves or jacket on the handlebar didn't help, I guess). One thing worthy mentioning: having someone filming and taking pics is great but also, from experience, might create additional pressure. I had friends (pro-photographers) with me before and sometimes trying to help them ends up being a problem. Chasing a car may increase your effort, even for a a minute, or stopping for pics or short interview gets you too cold. Anyway, always good to learn something about ourselves. Hope you don't give up and try again. By the way, I also had several problems with Garmins before during Everestings. Now I like to ride with two just in case I need a backup… I did several reps (>180), longer climbs (12 reps) and something in between (20 reps, off road) – and in Zwift 🙂 each one is different but I agree that you should pick a short climb to start with.

  25. I had a similar situation with my knee on the bass lake double 2 years ago. I was able to push through but the injury kept me off my bike for almost a year. I'm back on track and planning on getting my triple crown this year. If you're ever down to do a double let me know. I'm from the same part of CA you are dude. Peace!!

  26. Super great story! Even though you didn't make it, still a great video. You still planning on trying again?

  27. Love this film, really enjoying the content, great films and very inspiring, doing a similar thing myself but much more low key and still trying to find my direction. Cheers.

  28. Just failed at my 1st attempt. Well clarification. My trusty stages quit just shy of 1/4 mark. Could have pressed on but i wont rely on HR for another 15hrs. All moot as i woke up at home hours later with a spring allergy attack. Ugh. 1 day you will get it too. R

  29. For something like this you want CARBS CARBS CARBS. Protein won't help much at all and tbh we don't really need much protein. The body recycles protein very well and excess protein ends up going to fat very quickly. As long as you are getting enough calories from whole foods, you are getting enough protein! And definitely pass on the avocados for something like this, the fat is gonna slow you down immensely! Also starting the day with coffee is just asking to burn out. Caffeine is good for short bursts or maybe a burst near the end, but definitely don't want to start a long day with coffee!

  30. Your videos are BY FAR the best videos about cycling out there!!! Really glad you make these vids! Inspires me sooo much!

  31. A guy I know did a triple everest on a 20% avg grade climb in 48h to celebrate his 40th birthday. Absolute mad lad.

  32. If I ever attempt an everesting, I want to push myself to do it unsupported. I did my 24hr ride unsupported, and I really felt super accomplished for it.

  33. You have all this support, so why are you carrying two bottles on the climbs? Also, better planning would have meant proper gloves and jacket. Other than that, your old "jujitsu" injury somehow reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite.

  34. just one thought, probably better to use a shorter climb. 20 to 30 minutes max. Would have been warmer too! Still shit it didn't work!

  35. NOT FAILURE!! How much did you LEARN from this? How much did you improve as a cyclist that because of this event, now have more knowledge and wisdom that you would not have gained had this not happened? I get the embarrassment part with respect to your "film crew"…had the same thing happen to me years ago on my first organized ride with the Diabetes folks…(Tour de Cure)…I SO SUCKED on any big climb…both legs violently cramped and locked up…I learned a lot from that ride…I think you learned also from this attempt. Did you, have you, gone back to do it again? or is that not yet a wise choice?

  36. Just found your channel. LOVE it! It’s cool to hear what the dangers are for your cycle “bears” .. I’m an age group triathlete in Sydney and ocean swim in Bondi beach where I dread the sharks every time!! 🙂. Bro in law did capture awesome shots.. great try and grit determination..

  37. With a 110 bcd crank, you can probably snag a 33 off of Ebay for up front. For the back? Most modern rear mechs can easily do a 34, they just don't tell you. Think gravel/adventure bike – gearing.

  38. I have a question, most likely a dumb one. Do people undertaking this challenge think it's literally the equivalent of climbing Everest?

  39. Not a fail but a lesson learned. More cross training different rout tactics. And friends and family were a success. Better to not succeed on a ride than a fail with family and friends. Yeah!

  40. I had knee surgery from smashing my meniscus from doing super hard efforts like this one. Dude you are a beast, 66 miles and 11k of climbing is no joke. Definitely go sub compact and q rings. That's my setup now and it works for me.

  41. There was no 'Fail' – you attempted to 'Everest'. You made the attempt. You'll no doubt make another attempt. The only Fail is to give up on something you want. Try and Try again is how to succeed. The knee! I'm so on that page – first Gran Fondo (Whistler, Canada), knee packs up at 80 km (still 40 k uphill to go). a motorbike medic correctly diagnosed inflamation pulling my kee out of line. he pulled it back into line with a bandage and I was able to ride on slowly.
    Next year, after taking all sorts of precautions (different pedals, physio, training, different bike), I'm on the same km of the ride and bingo – knee packs up! Just then a guy limps over to me and says "Gosh my knee is killing me, got any meds?"
    I spilled out Ibuprofen, knee bandages, sports tape – he came to the right place – we limped on. But what you said seems right – riding all uphill and way different from your normal profile, you uncover weaknesses or misalignments. Change the ride, change the outcome! Thanks for sharing The Everest 'Attempt!' Good luck on the next one!

  42. I had this. The pain of tendons screaming is unbearable, I know it well and have tons of sympathy for you. I now wear the knee brace chosen by my physio (and reviewed approvingly by orthopedic surgeon) when cycling and do a lot of yoga and pilates to maintain my core and stabiliser muscles. And I have now completed an Everesting! You said in the video you'd go again – did that happen?

  43. Take 2 Garmins, next time, for redundancy. Also, 2 bikes (if this is allowed) with different gear setups.

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