Tiago Ferreira, the European MTB marathon cross-country champion, set the official world record for climbing in a single-day.
The ride took place back in July, he climbed 17 753m which is more than double the height of Mount Everest, in 24 hours.
It took a few weeks for the Official World Record Association to check all the parameters and validate the ride but it is now officially the world record. The ride started at 10 am on July 22 and continued to 10 am the next day. The 1.5km course in São Pedro do Sul, Portugal had 214m of climbing. His ride totaled 83 laps which worked out to 247.5km and an incredible 17,753m of elevation.
Commenting on the news that his ride had now gained entry into the history books, Ferreira said it was great to have the confirmation after so much effort: “It proves the great teamwork we did, because without the support of everyone who was on the ground with me, I couldn’t have done it. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment that proves I was able to make my goal come true.”
The ride took place near the historic village of Gourim and temperatures rose to 40°C during the day and dipped to around 15°C at night. With very few stops and little rest during the ride the Portugese rider understandably covered more terrain during the day. The 11 S curves of the route turned out to be a challenge at night which resulted in the pace slowing a little.
On completion Ferreira said: “I am very happy to have achieved this goal! I thought that the night phase would be the most complicated, but dawn ended up bringing the greatest weight of tiredness, especially with pain in the hands and feet but I never thought about giving up, I was very well prepared and everything went well. I will wait three or four days until I can get back on the bike, then the normal preparation as I expect to return to UCI competitions as early as August.”
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