Dan Wolfe went the extra mile during Easter by climbing over 15,000 metres within his two-kilometre COVID-19 lockdown zone in Greystones for the Irish Cancer Society.
With coronavirus restrictions in place, Dan was one guy who decided to think outside the box by setting himself a mammoth challenge of quite literally making a mountain out of a molehill.
Based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, he decided to use his local Windgates Hill inside his two-kilometre zone as a way to effectively climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest – that’s 8848 vertical metres.
Aside from loving a good challenge, the reason for “Everest Elevation Challenge” was also to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.
“I’ve started an unique solo charity cycle, something I never thought I’d attempt, but here we are,” told Dan on day one.
“Between the 7th and 11th of April I have set myself the challenge of cycling the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest within a 2km radius of my home.
“Mount Everest stands at 8,848 meters. I aim to cycle the ascent of Windgates Hill (elevation of 93 meters), an estimated 96 times until I reach this goal many hundreds of kilometres later.”
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Jumping on the bike now to lash out more laps of Windgates hill. I’ve actually done laps were I don’t sit down just to break up the monotonous nature of it. I’m going to break the height of Everest today, a full day early. I’m not going to stop cycling tomorrow though. Please use the link in my bio and donate, all of this money will be going to the @irishcancersociety 🙏 The pubs are closed so throw a few quid into that gofundme 🤗
Riding for Richie
Smashing his Everest target on day four, he kept going – spurred on by the late, great Richie Byrne.
A tough-as-nails, lager-than-life character, Richie lost his battle with cancer in September 2016.
“Richie motivated me during this challenge to never give up when your mind starts to ask questions like ‘what’s the point?’, ‘why bother cycling more, you’ve already completed Everest’.
“Richie didn’t settle for mediocrity when it came to his big missions, he cracked on.”
Cracking on, he clocked in a final five-hour day to summit Windgate Hill a total of 157 times.
In doing so, Dan managed to climb 15,094 metres and cycle 675 kilometres.
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🎉 15,000 vertical climbed in 5 days, it only took me over 26 hours 😂 What was supposed to be an Everest challenge of 8848 vertical meters climbed soon became a much bigger mission 🥵 Here’s a recap of the overall stats and my daily averages along with screenshots of each @strava spin. There’s one person who taught me about physical and mental endurance on a bike when I was starting out, that man was Richie Byrne. Richie was a force of nature, just being around him motivated you. I’ve never met anyone like him and doubt I ever will. There can only be one Richie Byrne. Sadly Richie passed away from cancer a few years ago and his loss was felt massively throughout our community here in Ireland. He motivated me during this challenge to never give up when your mind starts to ask questions like “what’s the point?” “Why bother cycling more, you’ve already completed Everest”. Richie didn’t settle for mediocrity when it came to his big missions, he cracked on. Please use the link in my bio to donate towards the @irishcancersociety because we’ve all been effected by Cancer in one way or another! #rideforrichie
Irish Cancer Society
For those wishing to donate, Dan has setup a GoFundMe page and would love to raise €8848.
Check this link – GoFundMe
He’s also got some prizes up for grabs too for those who donate.
Congrats Dan, that was one serious effort and you certainly earned a choccy egg or three for that!
When he’s not hauling down MTB trails, Dan’s go-to roadie is the Polygon Helios LT8.
His personal mods include Vision handlebars, stem and wheels.