Kelowna 17-year-old cyclist breaks record for Everesting challenge

Cyclist breaks national record

Kelowna cyclist Jacob Rubuliak spent his Sunday cycling up and down Knox Mountain for 9 hours and 33 minutes straight, beating the Canadian record for the challenge known as Everesting.

Everesting is a simple concept - simply choose one day and one hill to complete the 8,848 metre climb - but it's no simple challenge.

The 17-year-old started the 8,848 metre climb at 7 a.m., and completed the climb nearly an hour faster than the previous record, and says it’s something he’s been working up to for a while. 

"It got pretty popular this year with not a lot of racing going on ... I had it planned out for a couple of weekends but the weather round here has been a little bit rainy, so I didn’t really want to do it when it’s 10 degrees and raining ... it’s been in the back of my head for a while, so I'm happy to get it over with.

"I started out quite a bit faster than I was planning to go. I was aiming for 17 minute full laps, that’s up and down. First 20 laps so I was doing around low 15 so I was way up on pace ... around 20 laps in, I figured I had the record in the bag."

But he started to experience fatigue around 20 laps in, and his focus started to slip. 

"I settled into 16 minute laps, right in the middle there, I was holding that pace for a while and just tried to hang on for the last five to eight laps. It was a pretty hard last 10 to 15 laps."

Although the COVID-19 pandemic changed some of his racing plans, it’s allowed Rubuliak other opportunities to get out on the bike that he wouldn’t otherwise have taken up. 

"It’s been a pretty sweet change. I wouldn’t normally do anything like this. I did a 500 kilometre ride two weeks ago, that’s probably still the hardest ride of my life, because my body pushed me pretty hard. 

"Thanks everyone for coming out and supporting. It was pretty nice to have that support out there and we’ll  see what the next challenge is."

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