Cycling Up Everest… In Sicily?

Yes, it’s true, kind of…

The story of a cyclist from London who became the first person to ‘Everest’ Mount Etna in Sicily. On 16th September 2017, Harry Bunnell took on the volcano multiple times until he reached the same elevation as the world’s highest peak, 8848 metres.

Departing from Nicolosi, the challenge took on the Salto del Cane climb to Rifugio Sapienza, as used by the Giro d’Italia. It’s a 17.9km climb with an average gradient of 6.5%. With 1,300 metres of climbing the ascent would need to be completed 7 times to reach the required 8,848m equivalent of Mt Everest…

I’m hoping to speak to Harry in the next few days about cycling films; listen out for the discussion in the November episode of The Cycling Europe Podcast which will be, well, cinematic!


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