Two Castlemaine cyclists tested their peddling power by scaling the height of Mount Everest.
But there is a twist, Dylan McKenna who rides for Nero Continental and Jasper Albrecht with Radteam Tirol, they pulled it off at home on Australian soil up the face of Maldon's Mt Tarrengower.
The pair embarked on what's known as "Everesting" which involves scaling a hill anywhere in the world enough times to reach the equivalent of Mt Everest, which is 8,848km in elevation.
From start to finish it took the pair around eight hours, McKenna's final time was 8:28:22 and Albrecht's was 08:19:53 (provisional fourth fastest) and approximately 170km in distance.
"The feeling once we finished the climb was absolutely unreal," McKenna said.
"It was surprisingly easy to start but the trick was pacing ourselves for the entire eight and a half hours.
"We really needed to keep the lid on the power which was a weird feeling because earlier on we knew that we could've ridden faster but we needed to be able to save the energy for later in the climb."
It might have been easy to start, but after the six-hour mark, that's when it became a real challenge for Albrecht.
"When there was about two hours to go I was starting to have real doubts whether I was going to be able to make it to the end," Albrecht said.
"My brother was also there and he did a couple laps to help keep me motivated.
"Afterward I was completely shelled, but so happy with what Dylan and I accomplished."
McKenna's experience was the same as Albrecht, very tough towards the end of the climb.
"The dull burn in my legs started to increase with around 4.5km remaining to the summit of Everest," he said.
"In my head I felt like I wasn't getting any closer, but I just kept focused and peddling at a steady pace."
The duo in total completed 53 laps of Mt Tarrengower, a climb the boys had accomplished many times before, just not for eight hours straight.
"I know Mt Tarrengower like the back of my hand now," McKenna laughed
"We were lucky as on the day we chose we had some glorious weather, the next time we give Everesting a crack we will definitely do it in spring when it's a bit warmer."
You would think once was enough for the determined duo, but plans for the next climb are already in the works.
"I've really been bitten by the bug so it's time to start planning for the next climb and do it even faster," McKenna said.
"You learn so much about yourself after you do it once and then you just want to do it again."
The only question left is which hill will the pair scale next?
"Now that I've had time to recover, absolutely I want to do it again," Albrecht said.
"We will probably optimise the hill we choose next, there's always a better climb out there somewhere.
"My goal this time will be to try and crack the eight-hour mark."
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