Local cyclist takes on Mount Everest challenge for mental health charity

Rick will be attempting the mammoth climb in one day - and has also set his own challenge to beat Mark Cavendish's record

Local cycling enthusiast Rick Price is attempting to take on Mount Everest in one continuous virtual ride on Zwift on Sunday 21st March.

The 28-year-old from Knutsford is taking on the challenge to raise money for mental health charity The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

The single activity hill climb will see Rick endure 8,848km (around 8.5 climbs of the Alpe du Zwift) and the equivalent height of Mount Everest on a stationary trainer, where the resistance of the bike increases and decreases to simulate the climb and descent of a hill, giving Price a simulated ‘road ride’ experience.

Not only will Rick be attempting the mammoth challenge in one day, but he has also set his own personal challenge.

He’s aiming to come in under the 10 hour and 37 minute time set by professional road racing cyclist Mark Cavendish, known as one of the all-time cycling greats, with 30 Tour De France stage wins under his belt.

Rick will be streaming his virtual ride live on YouTube, so supporters can check in and watch him progress throughout the day. 

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

CALM Campaigns tackle the stereotypes of masculinity, suicide and mental health to help save lives.

“I chose to ride in support of CALM, as I have had my own struggles in the past and continue to manage them, cycling has really helped improve my wellbeing in every aspect of life,” says Rick.

“Too many young men lose their lives, as they think they have run out of options or chances in life.

“It is understandable, life is daunting, more than this ride could ever be.

“CALM works towards making sure people always know there is hope.

“If any money raised can go towards preventing more unnecessary deaths, the tragedy it brings with it, and helping improve the conversation around mental health, then it’s been a success.”

CALM provides a free and anonymous helpline 0800 58 58 58 as well as a webchat (5pm-12am daily) which is staffed by trained professionals. To help Rick reach his £2,000 target and to find out more about his Mount Everest challenge, you can find his JustGiving page here and you can watch the ride here.

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