You might have heard of the term ‘Everesting’ but you haven’t seen a challenge like this one!
In collaboration with Haute Route and Everesting, FulGaz is proud to be powering an official vEveresting challenge like no other! Join us this February to tackle some of the most iconic Haute Route climbs, back to back to back. The kicker? No descending to catch your breath here.
Mark the 17-19 Feb 2023 in your calendar and REGISTER BELOW to tackle this epic challenge and carve your name into the history books.
WHY TAKE ON THIS CHALLENGE?
- This format is a WORLD FIRST and an officially sanctioned vEveresting Event.
- It’s a FREE event for FulGaz subscribers, new to FulGaz? Register below to unlock a 30-Day Extended free trial. FulGaz subscribers MUST also register below to take part
- Multiple finish line options – Quarter (2,212m Elevation Gain), Half/Base Camp (4,424m Elevation Gain) or conquer a Full Everest (8,848 Elevation Gain) – How far you go is completely up to you
- Claim your vEVERESTING Patch – Complete at least a Quarter vEVERESTING and we will send you this very cool, limited edition patch for your achievements, absolutely free.
- Support Haute Route’s Official Charity Partner, NOMAN is an Island and their work to eliminate HPV, the causal agent of 5% of all cancers. Although not mandatory, please consider giving £20/$20/ €20 for your participation. Or go one step further and challenge yourself to raise funds to support their programmes to end HPV cancers! Thank you. Donate here.
- Conquer Everest (8,848m elevation gain) with no sleep and etch your name into the official Virtual Everesting Hall of Fame
Fancy tackling some of these climbs for real?
Find out more about Haute Route events scheduled for 2023 here
To find out more about Everesting, the most difficult climbing challenge in the world, including more info on all of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to vEVERESTING, check out their website here.
Want to get to know your fellow ‘vEVERESTERS’ prior to event weekend?
Join us on casual ‘easy’ group ride each week and explore some of the best French rides we have on FulGaz. We promise to keep the climbing to a minimum, this is casual bunch ride not a race!
You can start at the time below or pick a time during the week once the ride is open at a time that suits you.
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GROUP RIDE TIMES
Thursday 19 Jan 8pm CET – Magne to Damvix (24.68km / 53mins)
Thursday 26 Jan 8pm CET – La Gorge de L’Aveyron (21.35km / 45mins)
Thursday 2 Feb 8pm CET – TdF 2022 Stage 19 Cahors (26.95km / 56mins)
Thursday 9 Feb 8pm CET – Mont Saint-Michel (21.09km / 46mins)
Thursday 16 Feb 8pm CET – Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Dordogne (19.8km / 47mins)
No matter where you are in the world you will all have 2 days, 17 hours and 59 minutes to complete the challenge.
- 🇪🇺 7am (CET) 17 Feb
- 🇬🇧 6am (GMT) 17 Feb
- 🇿🇦 8am (SAST) 17 Feb
- 🇺🇸 1am (EST) 17 Feb
- 🇺🇸 10pm (PDT) 17 Feb
- 🇦🇺 5pm (AEDT) 17 Feb
- 🇳🇿 7pm (NZDT) 17 Feb
- 🇯🇵 3pm (JST) 17 Feb
FINISH TIMES – You must stop riding at this time, even if mid-course and upload your ride data. FulGaz will not automatically stop you from riding. This is an honesty policy that will be checked by our scrutineers post event.
- 🇪🇺 12:59am (CET) 20 Feb
- 🇬🇧 11:59pm (GMT) 19 Feb
- 🇿🇦 1:59am (SAST) 20 Feb
- 🇺🇸 6:59pm (EST) 19 Feb
- 🇺🇸 3:59pm (PDT) 19 Feb
- 🇦🇺 10:59am (AEDT) 20 Feb
- 🇳🇿 12:59pm (NZDT) 20 Feb
- 🇯🇵 8:59am (JST) 20 Feb
Click here to use a free timezone convertor tool to find your start time.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
- Rides must be ridden in sequential order from the Haute Route vEveresting Challenge, Ride Channel within FulGaz.
- Rides will be forced into reactive mode
- Rider weight is the ONLY setting that can be adjusted by the rider and must be accurate in FulGaz settings. All other settings will be locked.
- Slope Scaling is available for you to use as you wish.
- In you need to stop mid-ride for a toilet break, rest etc please leave the video running, DO NOT PAUSE RIDE.
- The Quarter and Basecamp Everesting finishing lines won’t strictly occur at the end of that ride, please do your best to keep going until the end of the ride and upload the full ride.
- Rides can be downloaded or streamed however an unstable internet connection may hinder your challenge results.
Feel like taking on this challenge in a supportive, fun environment with other ‘vEVERESTERS’ cheering you onto the finish line? We are setting up a number of live sites across Australia and Europe where you can book in a time, choose your equipment preference and join us for some fun!
Location – Rapha Clubhouse (32 Guildford Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000)
- Saturday 18 Feb 8am till 5pm
- Sunday 19 Feb 10am till 5pm
Virtual Stations Available – Click the links below to book a session time using your preferred equipment. Sessions are 2hrs long, you can use all, or some of that time but please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time. If you need more time, please book the subsequent session.
BOOK NOW Wahoo Kickr Bike 1 (fitted with flat pedals)
BOOK NOW Wahoo Kickr Bike 2 (fitted with flat pedals)
BOOK NOW Wahoo Kickr Smart Trainer 1 (BYO your own bike, 11 speed cassette is a must!)
BOOK NOW Wahoo Kickr Smart Trainer 2 (BYO your own bike, 11 speed cassette is a must!)
What to Expect?
Book your preferred time slot and equipment set-up via the links above, then join our team to get the support and encouragement you need to complete this challenge. With light refreshments on offer from our sponsors, plus the Rapha Clubhouse loaded with tasty treats and coffee, it’s the perfect place to tackle such an epic challenge.
Sydney, Australia – Check back soon
Europe – Check back soon
A vEVERESTING attempt (whatever your finishing level) is no walk in the park. So we have designed this collectors edition patch, to recognise your vEVERESTING achievement. The patch will be sent to all riders who complete at least a Quarter vEVERESTING attempt.
- Complimentary entry to a 2023, 3 or 5 Day Haute Route event of your choice. (excludes travel/accomodation expenses),
- Annual subscription to FulGaz / FulGaz Sweat Towel, Socks and Water bottle
- Custom Haute Route vEveresting Challenge Velomat, complete with your champions trophy icon.
- Premax Gift Pack
2nd Place (Male & Female)
- Everesting Tech Jacket
- Annual subscription to FulGaz / FulGaz Sweat Towel, Socks and Water bottle
- Custom Haute Route vEveresting Challenge Velomat, complete with your silver trophy icon.
- Premax Gift Pack
1. COL DU GALIBIER
Climb one of the Haute Route vEVERESTING Challenge.
This northern approach from Valloire is the climb most people have in mind when talking about Col du Galibier. It's the tougher, longer and more popular ascent, regularly featuring in Tour de France and climbed annually by the riders taking part in the La Marmotte Gran Fondo cycling sportive. A great ride to warm up your legs for the challenge ahead.More Info
2. ALPE D'HUEZ
The word 'iconic' is often over-used in cycling, but its application to the wiggling climb up Alpe d'Huez is entirely justified. This fearsome climb made its 30th appearance in the 2018 Tour, with Geraint Thomas reaching the summit ahead of his rivals before going on to win in Paris.
Keep an eye out for your Quarter Everest finish line in this ride, it's near the top, so try and push past it to the end of the ride.More Info
3. LAC DE CAP DE LONG
A lesser known climb in the lake region of the Pyrennes for climb three of the Haute Route vEveresting challenge; after a gentle ride up from Saint-Lary-Soulan, the climb begins. Ascend to over 2,100 metres/6,800 feet to the largest reservoir in the Pyrennes, criss-crossing the creek on your way to the switchbacks of Lacets des Écureuils and then the steeper Lacets des Myrtilles and Edelweiss. Despite the clouds, there is fantastic roadside scenery along the way.More Info
4. SOULOR FROM FERRIERES
The climb to reach Basecamp! Finish this ride and you're more than halfway there.
If there was only one climb you could do in the Pyrenees it would be hard to argue against this experience. Begin at Ferrieres through some small villages and forests before the road opens up to amazing views of the Cirque du Litor. You will see the thin line of the road on the cliff long before you ride along this famous balcony road to the top of Col du Aubisque. Truly a bucket list climb!More Info
5. COL DES ARAVIS FROM SAINT-JEAN
You have officially made it beyond Basecamp! Onwards to the top!
Col des Aravis is part of the Route des Grandes Alpes and was crossed 37 times in the Tour de France. It is not too high, and not too steep so rest the legs a little on this oneMore Info
6. PASSO DELLO STELVIO FROM BORMIO
Climb 6 is a long, challenging ascent to the top of one of the most famous mountain passes in the cycling world. Used in the 2012 and 2014 Giro d'Italia. At an average gradient of 7%, passing through several tunnels and galleries in the first 10Km/6 miles. There is short, steeper section at 12% at about half-way.More Info
7. COL DE SARENNE 2019
The penultimate climb in the Haute Route vEveresting Challenge.
A 1,999m mountain pass, connecting Alpe d'Huez with Mizoën and Le Freney-d'Oisans in the Romanche valley. This climb from the south averages 7.5% with steeper parts at 11.5% - 13.5% near to the the start and end. Last climbed on stage 18 in the 2013 Tour, from Alpe d'Huez in the west.More Info
8. MONT VENTOUX FROM BéDOIN
The final climb of the 2023 Haute Route vEveresting Challenge!
With a rolling start out of Bedoin, the first six kilometres should get your legs ready for the section ahead. After the hairpin bend at Saint-Estève, the average gradient kicks up to above 10% and refuses to ease up for the next five kilometres.
Whilst the road does ease off slightly towards Chalet Reynard, the Giant of Provence is not done with you yet, throwing up a tough six-kilometre section all the way to the summit finish. Finish this one and you have climbed Everest!More Info
1. Download FulGaz and set up a free account. To activate your extended trial, simply enter the promo code found in your registration email.
Downloading the trial gives you full access to FulGaz with no restrictions on content, or how often or how far you ride. If you’re returning to FulGaz for another go, send us a support ticket and we’ll hook you up with another trial on the house.
2. Connect your devices
When you load up FulGaz and hit Get Started, you’ll be greeted with a pairing screen. Here your smart bike/trainer/speed sensor will be picked up and listed. Select the devices you’d like to connect and click Let’s Ride.
Pro Tip If you can’t see your devices when trying to connect, they are most likely paired with another app (RGT, Rouvy, Zwift). You will need to deselect your trainer from that app’s pairing screen, quit that app, and restart FulGaz.
3. Set your preferences, weight and slope scaling
Click the settings icon to take a moment to set your display preference (metric or imperial). For the most realistic experience, enter your weight and bike weight. There are many other settings here also; it’s best to get a feel for riding FulGaz first before adjusting these. Start at around 60% uphill to get the feel. You can adjust this in ride also.
For the event itself, you won’t be able to adjust your bike weight. Only rider weight so please keep that in mind.
Pro Tip If you find the hills too hard, you can adjust the Slope Scaling, this is essentially the “trainer difficulty”. Adjusting this won’t make you faster, but it will make hills easier!
4. Download a video and ride
We always suggest downloading the video ahead of time. For any event you must download the video. Before the event, test your set up with something from the Easy collection. These rides will give you a good “feel” for how FulGaz looks and interacts with your trainer or smart bike.
5. Get event-ready
Before you start your event, make sure you turn up at the start line ready.
Here’s a quick checklist
- Download the ride ahead of time
- If joining us on Zoom for social rides, download the app and run it on a different device.
- Stay hydrated – have at least two bottles of water available
- Have a towel and fan to help you cool down.
To participate in this event from the comfort of your own home you will need some cycling equipment.
- Road Bike
- Smart Trainer (e.g Elite Suito,Wahoo Kickr) or a smart bike.
- Road Bike
- Standard Trainer (Check out some options here)
- Speed Sensor if using Standard trainer.
FulGaz works on Apple TV, MacOS or an iPhone or iPad as well as Windows and Android devices. To get started you will need to download the app onto your respective device. For an amazing viewing (and riding) experience we highly recommend using an Apple TV connected to your lounge room TV or monitor.
Please note rides in ‘event mode’ will force you to download the ride prior to starting. This ensures an uninterrupted riding experience so make sure you download each stage well ahead of time to avoid delays.