Got any plans for this weekend? Well, now you do. This Saturday at about 9am UK time, our good pals Francis Cade and Alex Hill will be jumping on their bikes for one mammoth Zwift session – as they both attempt to ride a Double Everest on Alpe du Zwift.
YouTuber Francis will be streaming the whole event via his YouTube channel, so you'll be able to watch the whole thing unfold and even jump in and join them for a few laps if you fancy.
The pair are hoping their efforts will help raise money for NHS Charities Together, an association which is providing vital funds and support to the heroic staff and volunteers of the UK's National Health Service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lads have set up a JustGiving page where you can donate.
Francis has even had a custom turbo rocker plate made for the challenge
Alex, aka AJ, is no stranger to Everesting. In fact, last year we told how he became the first person in the UK to complete the Double Everest. It took him 45 hours and 31 minutes to complete. He's also previously completed a virtual Everesting on Zwift that took just over 16 hours.
This time, he and seasoned endurance rider Francis will be hoping to climb the cumulative height of Everest twice in one session. That’s 17,696 metres of up.
Alex last year become the first person in the UK to complete a Double Everest
Francis explained: "Myself and AJ actually wanted to do the Everest outside this summer. We’ve been talking about it for a while. He’s the first person in the UK to have done a Double Everest and I think he was going to go for a triple while I did the double…
"Circumstances have obviously changed, and we’re now mainly indoors. But we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to still do it indoors on Zwift and raise a ton of cash at the same time."
Alex gets some training in for the event
Alex added: “I’m really interested in the difference between the outdoor version and the indoor, both mentally and physically. Clearly at the moment we can’t go and do challenges like this outdoors, so being able to really suffer indoors whilst raising some cash for the heroes that are keeping this country going is a no-brainer.”
The official vEveresting rules state that the lads will be allowed to get off their breaks as often as they like, but they can only sleep for up to two hours once they have completed the first virtual Everest.
Chapeau guys, a gruelling challenge and a fantastic cause.