Houston, TX (US) - Our team is big on setting goals, and we appreciate when others go above and beyond in their own personal (and professional) achievements. In this case, we are speaking literally.
This month cyclist Phil Gaimon set a goal of completing a ride that climbs the equivalent of the altitude of the world's highest mountain above sea level. Coined Everesting, this ride involves a cyclist choosing a hill to climb and completing repeats until they have gained a total of 8,484 m (approximately 29,029 ft) in elevation. This must be done in a single activity and often takes 8 to 12 hrs to complete.
While the feat itself is challenging, preparing for such a ride takes a lot of hard work. Training and nutrition play a significant role as well as choosing the actual location to climb. Want an idea about how Gaimon chose the hill he climbed? Integrated's Principal Consultant Jason Humber helped him to verify the elevation of the hill chosen with the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software - and even talked about how he tracks his own rides with mapping and custom programmed applications.
Watch the full story in Gaimon's first video on conquering his Everesting record below or on his YouTube channel.
About Phil Gaimon
Phil Gaimon was a professional cyclist from 2009 to 2016. Since retiring, he has continued to be active in the cycling community with his most recent mission being vying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. He is currently traveling across the United States, training with local cyclists, and raising money for the No Kids Hungry organization in the process.
About No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry is working to end child hunger in America today by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need to thrive. By organizing programs like School Breakfast, Summer Meals, and Foods Skills Education, this organization seeks to provide kids with nourishing meals while also teaching their familiars and caregivers how to shop smarter and cook healthier. Learn more about this campaign at https://www.nokidhungry.org/.