Sean Gardner set a new Everesting world record, riding 51 repeats of a lung-busting 15.5% climb in Shenandoah National Park in just 6:59:38.
The Virginian’s time on October 3rd tops the previous record of 7:04:41 set in July by Irish cyclist and Pactimo sales rep, Ronan McLaughlin.
Gardner rode an almost-straight 1.1 kilometer stretch of road averaging a 15.5 percent gradient, grinding out the required 8,848 meters ascent in under 120 kilometers. The effort was verified later that evening by Everesting administrators, the Hells 500, who wrote, “Y I K E S…. Amazing riding Sean Gardner!” on Facebook.
“Hyped to sneak under that sub 7 barrier and take the record,” Sean wrote on Instagram. “Full recap coming tomorrow once I have regained consciousness and consumed many calories. Huge shoutout to the support crew for coming out to give me poptarts. After 850 grams of sugar, I definitely have diabetes.”
Sean is a USAC level 3 coach who rides on the Pactimo sponsored CS Velo team.
Photos courtesy of Beth Seliga @3catsphoto
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