'Just Everested': Cavendish climbs the Himalayan mountain ... on an exercise bike

PARIS: British cycling star Mark Cavendish and former teammate Luke Rowe endured more than 10 hours in the chair of an exercise bike to climb 8,848 meters, the equivalent of climbing Everest.

Simply Everested, vEverested, whatever it's called, with @ LukeRowe1990, the 34-year-old Isle of Man sprinter announced on Twitter.

The pair accomplished the latest homespun feat by a sports star in coronavirus Lock in 10 hours, 37 minutes and 32 seconds.

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After the 211-kilometer virtual climb, he added: We had the idea when we knew the weather would be bad.

I take my hat off to anyone who has completed it in any capacity, it was grim.

The rider, who requires four more victories on the Tour de France stage to match Belgian legend Eddy Merckx's record of 34, revealed last month that he had been through a two-year battle with clinical depression.

He is not the first professional cyclist to face a dizzying challenge during blocking.

Italian Giulio Ciccone climbed more than 10,000 meters from his balcony last month on a training bike similar to the one used by Cavendish.

And former champion of the Tour de France Geraint Thomas raised £ 300,000 ($ 375,299, 345,288 euros) for Great Britain National Health service after a 36-hour indoor cycling stint.

The Welshman rode a trio of 12-hour rides over three days on a turbo bike in the garage of his home in Cardiff in a bid to raise funds to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Although these accomplishments are remarkable, they are totally overshadowed by Captain Tom Moore's remarkable feat.

The World War II veteran, who turned 100 on Thursday, raised more than £ 30 million for the NHS by walking around his garden, with the help of a walking frame.