Gianpaolo Di Stefano at the Everesting test on Monte Erice

Record 8848 meters of total altitude difference on a single path !!! This is the goal of Gianpaolo Di Stefano athlete of the ASD Marsala Team 2012 who on Thursday 15 July will attempt the Everesting along the ascent of Mount Erice ; almost 300 km and about 15 – 16 hours of effort for a challenge that was scheduled about two years ago and which slowed down sharply due to Covid – 19 . “I received this morning at the Palazzo Comunale the cyclist from Valdericino, Gianpaolo Di Stefano, who tomorrow will be involved in the sporting event” Everesting “, the climb of Mount Erice to be repeated 13 times! Almost 300 kilometers and about 16 hours of effort for a challenge against time – says the mayor Francesco Stabile. Gianpaolo will attempt the feat of reaching the summit by tackling the climbs in a breathtaking scenery, which only our territory can give us. promotion of our naturalistic and landscape beauties. Sport is sacrifice, heart and much more. From my Administration a wish is raised to Gianpaolo, who together with his mentor, Ninni Stella, we are certain will reach the most sought-after goals “.
The preparer and organizer of the event prepared and followed Di Stefano Ninni Stella : “Gianpaolo arrives at this challenge with many kilometers in his legs accumulated in the amateur events and long cross-country runs that have touched the ten-hour session. In April we did a short internship on Etna to work a lot on the difference in height; all the staff of Star Cycling Lab will be at your side for the success of the test that could open the doors of the Hall of Fame to the boy from Valderice “.
These are the rules to follow to ensure that your Everesting is approved: Record 8848 meters of total ascent – Follow a single path on a single hill / mountain – Go down the same path from which you climbed – No sleep – you must complete everything in a single uninterrupted attempt – Breaks are allowed (to eat, drink, recharge) – You have to reach the top every time – You have to descend safely and get home – No time limit. EVERESTING . The “vertical cycling” was for the first time “faced” by George Mallory ( nephew of the British mountaineer of the same name) who climbed Mount Donna Bouang with his bike 10 times in a row, reaching the 8,848 meters of total elevation gain. Inspired by this feat, a group of cyclists from Melbourne, known as the HELLS 500 club , made the challenge official in 2014. Andy van Bergen , founder of the HELLS 500, created the site to connect all the “Everesters”, regulate every climb, and immortalize the successes in the Hall of Fame.