'Everest' ride

Guy Stapleford is planning to ‘cycle the height of Mount Everest’ four times in four different challenges.

Guy, who works for a local housing association, aims to ride nearly 40,000 vertical metres and 650 miles in the four rides over the next four weeks, raising money and awareness for two Aylesbury-based charities, the Pace Centre and Action4Youth.

Guy, 38, is no stranger to a tough cycling challenge and is training to compete in the world’s toughest bicycle race – the 3,000 mile Race Across America, in 2022. He has been finding ways to keep training hard even though many events and races have been cancelled.

This challenge will push Guy higher, and harder, than ever before. Every Friday for the next four weeks will see him take on a different version of the ‘Everesting’ challenge alongside his full-time job.

Guy will start the challenge this Friday using an indoor cycling app to virtually climb the required 8848m. The app simulates the real experience of cycling outdoors and will see him cycling around 200km in roughly 15 hours to complete.

Guy will use local hill, Whiteleaf near Princes Risborough, to complete the second and third challenges. On the 18th Guy will climb the hill 70 times to reach the height of Mt Everest, before returning on the 25th to complete 79 laps of the hill to achieve the required 10,000 vertical metres.

For the final challenge Guy will take to the roads and hills of North Devon as he aims to climb a final 10,000 metres in less than 36 hours, with a minimum of 400km covered.

He said: ‘Every pedal stroke is going to be a challenge, but that’s what I live for, achieving something that pushes me to my very limit.’

Guy has faced his own challenges in recent years and found cycling as a way to find a way through depression and the breakdown of his marriage.

‘Cycling has saved my life, I was suffering badly with anxiety and depression and used the crossroads in my life to do and be something different.

Pace is a charity and school that provides first class education, therapy and support for children aged up to 18 with cerebral palsy, related sensory motor disorders and development delay, and support and guidance for their families.

Action4Youth works across Buckinghamshire, providing experiences and activities for young people aimed at helping to develop their communication, resilience, confidence and self-esteem alongside preparing young people for future employment. The charity also represents nearly 100 youth clubs and organisations across Bucks.

Guy aims to raise a minimum of £2,022 for each organisation. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/guyroadtoraam