Paceline Tandem: Shannon Bufton and Everesting Everest

Paceline Tandem: Shannon Bufton and Everesting Everest

How hard would it be to climb the height of Mount Everest in a single ride? That is, riding until you climbed 29,029 feet. So what about Everesting on Mount Everest?

If there’s a more difficult way to tackle that feat, it hasn’t occurred to us. Selene interviewed Shannon Bufton who runs a tour company that took people to Everest base camp to ride a 1.5-mile stretch of road that climbed at 5 percent. Zhuangchen “JJ” Zhou of Hong Kong completed the feat, with 177 trips up the road for 263 total miles ridden in roughly 26 hours. 



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Selene’s piece on

Bufton’s tour company, Serk

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  1. Jeremy Stewart

    Selene went to the Serk website and then the Cycling Tips article while listening to you and Shannon. Like you I know can not get that road, and mountain out of my head. However, I have NO WAY near the fitness of you and so could not see me riding there (yet!). And yes and silently thinking how i could see those roads and views myself from here in small town New Zealand!

    1. Shannon - Serk Cycling

      Hey Jeremy – cool that you went and checked out the images of the road to Everest. I think you’d be fine riding those roads. On our trips in the past we’ve had 15 year olds through to 62 year olds! At altitude you just go slower! When we did the trip with CyclingTips we were really pushing the envelope in terms of acclimatisation and time and that is the main reason the riders on that trip had troubles. Our regular trip is longer and has a far greater acclimatisation period. With 6 months of training riding to Everest is something pretty much all level of rider can achieve. It will be tough but immensely satisfying once you finally reach Base Camp on two wheels!

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