Sheffielders cycle the length of Mount Everest to raise money for charity

A team of five men including two from Sheffield are cycling the distance of Mount Everest in a courageous effort to raise money for charity.

Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 8:07 am

On May 2nd, at 6 am, five men embarked on a virtual journey to conquer the world’s highest summit. The challenge saw the team cycle the height of Mount Everest in no more than 12 hours.

The team made sure they did not be break any of the social distancing guidelines by completing the journey from the comforts of their own homes. The bikes were set up to turbo trainers with the challenge being broadcast on Facebook.

Robert Seeley and his brother Thomas Seeley, both of Sheffield, were both part of the five man team who have pledged to donate any money raised for their efforts to the charity Mind.

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Robert Seeley shares a picture of the team and himself before starting the climb.

As it stands, they have collectively raised over £4,000 and are hoping to raise more.

Speaking to the Star, Robert Seeley, said: “The inspiration to donate the funds to Mind Charity was made between us all. We wanted to take this opportunity to help an organisation who support people across every aspect of society.

“The work Mind do is sensational, in these times as ever, mental health should be a priority, and we want to promote awareness, support and research.

“We wanted to do something different and worthwhile, seeing as we’re all bike racers (pedal and motor) and stuck inside with our sports on hold, we wanted to get back out there - even if it is only virtual.

Robert Seeley setting off on the monumental journey just after 6 am.

“We’ve recorded the ride using an online cycling platform called Zwift, which replicates the real life climb of Alp d'Huez in France. It’s a thousand meters elevation each time, so what we had to do is just ride the same incline about eight-and-a-half times.

“All in all, it was a fantastic success with the majority of riders finishing within 10:30 hrs and the last man at just under 14hours. The donations surged past the £4000 mark, which is incredible, before we started the challenge our goal was to raise £1000.

“I can’t thank those who donated and the team enough, it really was a special effort from everyone involved.”

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The famous Alp d'Huez route that the team will be cycling.

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