Jay is doing some amazing days on the trainer this spring. L’Equipe came out to San Francisco recently to chat with him about his latest exploits. Heres the transcript!

Host> Thanks for joining us today to talk about your SiP cycling missions.

Me> Thanks for having me. It’s great to be here

Host> So you recently did an “everesting” where you spent 12 hours on the trainer in your garage riding up and down a virtual mountain in the Zwift world until you reached the height of Mt. Everest. Why would anyone want to do that? 

Me> Because it was there. Next question, please.

Host> Was it fun?

Me> Next question please

Host> How did the logistics work?

Me> Well there’s an everesting protocol where you pick a single climb and ride up and down repeatedly until you hit 8,848 meters. There’s also a 10,000-meter challenge and that’s what I did.

In Zwift there’s a climb called Alpe du Zwift that’s modeled on the real Alpe du Huez in the French Alps. I did 10 laps, which came out to 10,389m.

Host> Meters. Do you always use metric?

Me> Yes it’s so much simpler. You should totally switch.

Host> Did you take breaks?

Me> In Zwift the bike will steer itself on the downhills. It’s just about 11 min down the mountain so every lap I could get off the bike, go to the bathroom, grab some food, change clothes and stretch a little. It helped a lot.

Host> How long did it take you?

Me> I’ve never done an event like that with a time goal in mind. I set a target to finish in under 13 hours, assuming my lap times would slow down through the day. I ended up riding faster than expected with pretty even splits. My fastest climb was 58:30 and my slowest was just over 62:00. I finished in 11 hours, 54 minutes. I was really happy about that. 

With 3 laps to go, I was so ready to be done. I don’t know if I could have sat on the bike for another hour.

Host> Would you do it again?

Me> Everesting on a mountain bike would be a whole different kind of challenge. It’s SUCH a big day though. I don’t know if I have that in me. Ask me again in a few months.

Host> Thanks again for sitting down with us today.

Me> You bet. This was fun.

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