Laurie “on top of world” after cycling success

Date: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Laurie Lambeth, of Nenthead, at the end of his successful Hardknott Pass challenge
Laurie Lambeth, of Nenthead, at the end of his successful Hardknott Pass challenge

KEEN cyclist Laurie Lambeth has clocked up a second “Everesting” challenge in Cumbria.

Laurie Lambeth during his “Everest” assault on Hardknott Pass.
Laurie Lambeth during his “Everest” assault on Hardknott Pass.

Last month Laurie, of Nenthead, rode up the highest tarmac road in the country, to the summit of Great Dun Fell, an incredible 15 times on the trot. This allowed him to record 31,234ft of ascent well above that of the world’s highest peak.

His verified ride of 140 miles took just over 15 hours and allowed him to “claim” Great Dun Fell as his own in the Everesting hall of fame.

As cyclists across the globe take up the “Everesting” challenge in greater numbers, the number of fells and mountains that can be claimed become fewer.

And Laurie has now put his name to another challenging climb. “On Sunday I became the first person in the UK to successfully complete two Everesting challenges,” said Laurie. “After completing Great Dun Fell the highest climb in UK I had a go at Hardknott Pass.

“This is generally considered the hardest climb in the UK; it was also the fastest ‘Everest’ in the UK at 12hr 42min. I had to climb Hardknott 30 times, 85 miles in total and 29,129ft of assent. It’s a vicious climb with gradients of over 30 per cent. in places and features in the (annual) Fred Whitton Challenge.

“Although the overall time and distance were shorter, it was physically a lot tougher than my first ‘Everest’. The steep gradients made it relentless and even the descending was hard work.

“Coincidentally, the first guy to ‘Everest’ in the UK was also having an attempt at Hardknott on the very same day. He started at 5am but gave up after two repetitions after deciding it was too tough a climb.”

Laurie is a member of the Penrith-based Beacon Wheelers cycling club.