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  • Some interesting statistics for his ride : Distance was 372km, Total
    Elevation11, 000 meters, time in the saddle something like 15 hours
    plus!

    That is a NPCCI of over 250!!!  

    Kudos George 

  • Wow just wow.

    Epic is often over used, but that truely is some awesome grit. I can relate to the mind playing tricks on you, I hate my ride out in the mornings before work knowing that I am going to be inflicting lots of pain on myself by doing Hill Repeats, well above my threshold level. The 1st and 2nd dont feel bad but even once you get to halfway there is no respite.

    • Scuddsy

      Sums it up in a word – WOW!
      But all the while I’m thinking if it’s a challenge for me! How could I make that work??

  • norm

    I think this guy has just created the ultimate Strava “challenge”.

    • ryder

      If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen. :P

  • Tim McGrath

    love it!

  • Incredible! I’ve never made it beyond two laps.

  • Incredible! I’ve never made it beyond two laps.

  • Incredible! I’ve never made it beyond two laps.

  • eatmorelard

    Puts my 10x Macedon to shame…

  • jules

    what an effort. i found it amusing how he cautiously descended Donna, taking 50 minutes, to reduce the risk of coming off. how very sensible. then he ascends Everest via the north ridge. i suppose you want to ration your luck..

  • OZ_Alpinist

    Hey Wade, super article! I’m a full time mountaineer and cycling is part of my training regime. Always love to see when people on bikes relate to mountains. Thanks for this. Greetings from Dhaulagiri base camp (7th highest mountain)

  • OZ_Alpinist

    Hey Wade, super article! I’m a full time mountaineer and cycling is part of my training regime. Always love to see when people on bikes relate to mountains. Thanks for this. Greetings from Dhaulagiri base camp (7th highest mountain)

    • jules

      how is Dhaulagiri this time of year? i’ve seen it from a distance while walking from Pokhara. didn’t know it had internet access.

      • jules

        Jomsom, not Pokhara

        • OZ_Alpinist

          Hi jules, its great but a lot of avalanches roaring down. I’m attempting the north-east ridge. Daytimes gets pretty hot mainly because of all the reflection from the snow. I’m using satellite internet.
          I suppose you’ve done some trekking in Nepal?

          • jules

            just the annapurna. great trek, but of course ruined once you get past jomsom. would have loved to have done the dhaulagiri trek, but was with the missus who found the thorung la hard enough. good luck with the climb!

  • Grapor

    Very impressive. I ve done 2 and a 1/2 climbs and was pleased with myself. Not even close to this. Love the fact that he used tapes to listen to for motivation and had to swap them over each descent. Not so sure about alchemy though..

  • Anonymous

    To quote George at the end “No Big Deal”, I’m calling Bull$h1t on that one.  George, if you are reading this. IT IS A BIG DEAL.  What you did was a massive effort.

    Congrats on your determination and also on scaling Mt Everest (Twice, North Ridge AND on a bike)

    • George Mallory

      Thank you very much! George :)

  • Amazing. Chapeau George.

  • so….climbing Mt Everest was a piece of piss after this? I should think so!

  • so….climbing Mt Everest was a piece of piss after this? I should think so!

  • Ian

     Ditto. Chapeau George!

  • Ben James

    Last time I descended Mt DB I hit a Wallaby at about 70kph…ugly outcome and bad memories. However this has inspired me to get back there again

    • Nic

      similar experience, except mine was a rock the size of my fist. not good memories, but I think I will be visiting Donna soon after reading this. Amazing story.

  • John dunlop

    George ,10 laps on Donna!  In terms of sheer difficulty ,this tops just about anything i can think off ! It shows courage and determination beyond what most ‘hard’  rides normally require. The article was very well written and i enjoyed it immensely. Well done George!

    • maximus

      Here, here, I have also ridden with George & John, both of which are phenomenal riders. Amazingly, George is not the only rider I have heard of doing the 10x climb on Donna Buang. Hats off too you George! Thanks for the great tow along the ridge a few weeks back. See you around the traps soon. Mat Stone

  • Notso Swift

    Well George, I like the fact you started the 10 time ascent AFTER A FULL DAYS WORK!
    There is a bottle of HTFU right there.

    Respect to anyone who does sub 1 hour up Donna, yeah I know a pro could do it in like 45 minutes but no one does it in less than an hour without a bit of talent on the bike

    • Peter

      Talent is overrated.

  • For a moment I thought that it was the George Mallory (of Mallory & Irvine fame) training for the 1922 or 1924 Everest Expeditions. Chapeau in any event.

    • The Potato Man

      Me too!

  • Punchus

    AWESOME!  Pure inspiration.  I have ridden Donna Buang once and that hurt!  TEN TIMES… Wow

  • Cycling Victoria

    Great article Wade! Cheers

  • Lobos

    what’s a walkman? cassette tape….. hee hee

  • Beau

    Reading that blew my mind. What a legend! Love mountain hiking and cycling and after reading that makes me want to get out into the mountains again. Incredible stuff!!!

  • George is a lunatic: I love him.

  • Mars

    OMFG, wow, respect and big man hugs!

    I did a triple Donna this Summer in just under 3hrs 30mins with my first ascent in 1hr 1 min ish, then had my mate BJ smack me by doing four in just over 4hrs, but this read, wow, beast, freak, and in the famous words of the commentators from the Danny Hart downhill, “my God how does he sit down with balls that big”!

    If I tried four I am sure I could do it, but I would be crying at he end and would not have enough strength to eat my bag of reward donuts.

    I loved this read, I am not worthy.

    • George Mallory

      Mars. Thanks you very much! Too kind! George :)

  • Just a lazy 17th on Strava as well…the rest of us have nowhere to hide

  • Geoff Gummer

    legend, just, legend. I dont know the mountain, living in NZ, but there is a similar one not far from me.. and I havent got the courage to try it yet. One day..

  • OverIt

    I”m in two minds. Although at times I admire what humans strive to achieve/overcome physically. I sometimes think what’s the point?? Especially when I see this sort of stuff 
    http://blog.ekimondo.com/?p=85 (Just one of may pages you can find on this issue). So in our quest to prove/achieve something for other or just ourselves, what & who pays the price for it?…. Not trying to troll here, but would be interested if other feel the same? The training story is quite a good read, but the connection to Everest part of it, leaves me numb. I just don’t see any ‘point’ in doing that.

    • Sean Doyle

       I’ll have an attempt at this.

      Generally humans want to prove themselves worthy. Stems from the whole survival of the fittest thing. Now since we don’t go around clubbing each other to death and we have ‘evolved’ socially we have other avenues to prove ourselves. The ‘point’ in doing these things is it makes us feel good about ourselves probably in the sub conscious belief that everybody else thinks we are some kind of hero. Nothing wrong with that at all and I think it’s a pretty healthy thing, up to a point. Hopefully everything goes right and no one pays the price. Funny how one death on a mountain can cause a uproar while we have people dying in cars and from smoking and alcohol related problems everyday. Where is the uproar over that?

      • George

        Sean. Well put! Agreed! It’s not in the piece, but I got the idea from a famous story about rock climbers (John Long and John Bachar, I think…?) who did an “El Capitan Day” at Joshua Tree when they could not climb in Yosemite in winter. So by their game they needed to do 3000 foot of rock climbing in a day. Hence 8800 m became my Everest Day. QED! George Mallory :)

    • Sean Doyle

       I’ll have an attempt at this.

      Generally humans want to prove themselves worthy. Stems from the whole survival of the fittest thing. Now since we don’t go around clubbing each other to death and we have ‘evolved’ socially we have other avenues to prove ourselves. The ‘point’ in doing these things is it makes us feel good about ourselves probably in the sub conscious belief that everybody else thinks we are some kind of hero. Nothing wrong with that at all and I think it’s a pretty healthy thing, up to a point. Hopefully everything goes right and no one pays the price. Funny how one death on a mountain can cause a uproar while we have people dying in cars and from smoking and alcohol related problems everyday. Where is the uproar over that?

  • Anonymous

    Beyond epic!  Totally humbling but totally insiring ;-)

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