A British man has entered the history books as the first to ever climb the height of Mount Everest on a Raleigh chopper bike. Dave Sims, who in July 2015 rode the Tour de France route on a Raleigh chopper, cycled up Hunters Hill in Lancashire, United Kingdom 92 times on the chopper to reach the 8,848 m required to complete an Everesting ride. He rode a total of 296 km in the Everesting ride.

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“It was tough. I won’t lie. But when I’m on the chopper, I stop thinking about to-do lists and bills. I just ride like a kid with no care in the world,” 38-year-old Sims told Road.cc. “The chopper bike always gets a great reaction wherever you go. It makes people smile. People remember it from when they were younger.”

Sims does the challenges in order to raise funds for Help For Heroes which provides on-going psychological support services and welfare for people who have served in the armed forces. His lifetime goal is to raise £25,000 through various challenges. The next one will be riding Mont Ventoux on the chopper. Ventoux rises 1617 m over 21,8 km and has an average gradient of over seven per cent.

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“The tougher the challenge the better. And who would’ve thought that riding a rusty yellow bike could help me raise cash for a brilliant charity like Help the Heroes,” Sims said about his fundraising efforts. In 2016, he rode the entire Giro d’Italia route on a fat bike.


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