As it stands, the overall Everesting record time is only really possible now by highly trained and experienced pro cyclists, however other permutations of records, like country, age-based, terrain type etc. are still in the realm of amateur riders.
This is an extreme challenge, and our fear since starting this concept would be that someone would have a serious accident whilst participating, so where possible we have put boundaries in place – for example making allowances for start and finish points if safety is a factor, adding in a two-hour sleep allocation for multiple Everestings, and until recently never making a deal about time-based records.
We will continue to verify and acknowledge the overall male/female fastest time for cycling, running, and virtual rides, however we will no longer highlight other records.
All rides will still be accepted into the hall of fame, and the hall of fame filters will allow people to do their own sleuthing, however we won’t be publicly calling out or shortening rides to determine the exact ‘official’ time other than those overall records.
Rider safety is first and foremost in our mind, and with these time records really pushing the boundaries we want to make sure that if that is happening, then it’s through no promotion or encouragement from Hells 500.
As our amazing community pointed out “It only counts if you get back down from the mountain”.
Ride safe out there – whether it’s 7.5 hours on the bike, or 27.5 hours.