Jack Thompson is no stranger to a challenge: in 2019 he cycled coast to coast across the Iberian Peninsula (1200km) in just 56 hours, in 2020 he broke the world record for the most kilometres ridden in 7 days (3505km) and in 2021 he rode all 21 stages of the Tour de France in 10 days. Now, he’s on his way to riding 1 million vertical metres in a year: the equivalent of climbing Everest 113 times!
To complete the 1 million, Jack aims to complete one Everest (climbing the same hill repeatedly until reaching 8,849m) a week plus an additional 2,500m of climbing every non-Everest day. All this, he’ll do in the name of mental health awareness, with a target of raising 1 million euros for three global Mental Health awareness programs along the way. On October 22nd he’ll be in London to take on his 42nd Everest of the year, completing 180 hill repeats in the north of the city!
Ahead of his London challenge, I caught up with Jack to hear more about what it takes to climb 1 million metres and to peek into the brain of a man so hell-bent on pushing the possibilities of ultra-endurance challenges by bike.