Everesting challenge attempt strategy: A case study


  • Leonardo Cesanelli University of Camerino, Italy
  • Giorgia Vici University of Camerino, Italy
  • Dalia Camilletti University of Camerino, Italy
  • Roberto Ceci University of Camerino, Italy
  • Luca Belli University of Camerino, Italy
  • Valeria Polzonetti University of Camerino, Italy


Cycling, Training, Ultra-endurance, Endurance


The Everesting challenge (repeat any hill, anywhere in the world, until you climb an altitude of 8848 m; the equivalent of M. Everest) is becoming an increasingly popular challenge. The physical and metabolic stress to which the body is exposed during this type of exercise is unusual and it is also particularly challenging for coaches, trainers and sport nutritionists. The aim of this study is to analyse the parameters and key details necessary to optimize a 10-week training protocol for an ultra-endurance performance like the Everesting challenge. An ex-élite cyclist, trained individual (male; 26 years; 181 cm; 71,7 kg; 21,9 BMI) followed a 10 weeks training and nutrition program to reach his peak performance and attempt the challenge. Body composition analysis checks (body weight, body circumferences, skinfold thickness and bioimpedance analysis) and performance tests (Conconi, Functional Threshold Power, Maximum Lactate Steady State) were planned at week 1, 5 and 10. After 10 weeks FTP increased from 245 to 267 W and at MLSS from 252 W to 270 W. Body weight decreased from 71,7 kg to 68,3 kg and body fat from 10,7% to 6,8 % (Jackson-Pollock 7 sites). The individual was able to accomplish the Everesting challenge concluding his ride in 13h34m27s, average power 162 W, average heart rate 139 bpm, 7685 kcal consumed. 10 weeks of strategically planned nutrition and training program may be sufficient to prepare an élite athlete or a well-trained individual to attempt an ultra-endurance challenge like the Everesting.


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Cesanelli, L., Vici, G., Camilletti, D., Ceci, R., Belli, L., & Polzonetti, V. (2019). Everesting challenge attempt strategy: A case study. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 14(5proc), S2400-S2409. Retrieved from https://www.jhse.ua.es/article/view/2019-v14-n5-proc-everesting-challenge-attempt-strategy