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by Andy van Bergen
May 22, 2015
Photography by Jody McIntyre
The act of riding a bike can be a powerful thing. The fact that it can be more than recreation or sport and can actually be used to raise money for worthwhile causes is incredible. There’s no sport like it on Earth.
One of our employees here at CyclingTips, Andy van Bergen, is the brains behind the recent “Everesting” craze and wants to use this concept to help those who suffered and are still suffering as a result of the recent earthquake in Nepal. The connection between “Everesting” and Nepal is obvious, and important. We wholeheartedly support this and since we’re fortunate to have this platform to be able to communicate with you directly, we’re all getting right behind it and will be actively participating.
If we all do our small part, raising $1 million is not out of the question. That would certainly go a long way to helping the people of Nepal. We hope you will join us. — Wade Wallace
The concept behind Everesting is quite simple: select any hill in the world and climb it repeatedly until you reach the equivalent height of Mount Everest (8,848m) in a single ride. This concept has had a significant and somewhat unexpected impact and, to date, successful Everesting attempts have been made in more than 30 countries around the world.
I always knew that a challenge like this would have a personal impact on individual riders. Many have proudly stated that it is the hardest physical challenge they have ever undertaken, but it’s the way riders have leveraged their Everesting attempts for fundraising that has been most rewarding.
Hearing stories of riders raising funds for local schools, animal rescue shelters, cancer charities, and homeless shelters has been a constant source of inspiration. It’s an amazing community we have.
What was immediately apparent after the Nepal earthquake was that there was an opportunity to engage this community and ride in solidarity for those affected.
In the early hours of Saturday April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked the heart of Nepal. This was followed by a series of aftershocks and additional quakes, compounding the already fragile state of the country and its people as they struggled to recover from the initial devastation.
The true toll will never be known, but to date more than 8,600 people have died and over 21,000 have been injured. The fate of thousands more in many remote areas is still unclear and the Nepalese government has warned that the death toll could rise to more than 10,000. More than 350 individuals still remain unaccounted for.
Through the month of June we are asking the global cycling community to climb for Nepal, to raise awareness and funding for those that have been affected by the recent earthquakes. Strava is hosting a challenge to encourage cyclists to climb the height of Mt. Everest during the month of June. Head to Strava to sign up.
This is a real call to action. It’s a signal to the global cycling and running communities that they can make a lasting impact on those in need by simply getting on their bike, or slipping on their running shoes and climbing. We are asking for riders to drive fundraising efforts, either by donating to the cause or seeking sponsorship for their efforts throughout June.
Thanks to the endurance-focused charity MORE Than Sport, donors can allocate their funds to one of five streams:
It is a selfish sport we cyclists are involved in, from the hours spent on the bike, to the dollars spent on gear. To have the opportunity to do something genuinely meaningful through the Climb for Nepal challenge is incredibly inspiring.
So how can you get involved?
1. Lend your voice (and legs!) to the Strava “Climb for Nepal” challenge.
2. Donate now via MORE Than Sport.
3. If you are in Melbourne, head to the Reverse Garage Sale on June 14.
The team at CyclingTips will be swinging a leg over the bike this June, and we encourage you to do the same. With more than 100,000 athletes expected to take part, we only need to donate $10 each …