Rich Kemp - Everesting with a Twist

By Jayme Mechur
Posted in More Than Sport, on June 05, 2015

Everesting in itself is hard, its a test both physically and mentally. You need to be willing to dig deep as you constantly grind up and down the same climb in search of the magical elevation number. But when we heard on the grapevine that there was going to be an Everesting attempt with a twist of utilising bikeshare bikes on a hill that will require them to do around 490 repetitions we needed to find out more, we caught up with one of the trio, Rich Kemp for a short chat.

What are you aiming for during the Climb For Nepal Challenge (Fundraising + Challenge)? 

Through my efforts I hope to inspire others to donate $$s toward the Nepal relief fund.

Most people wouldn’t publicly broadcast a goal like that in case of failure, why have you done so?

I’ve done 2 previous Everest’s, although it’s safe to say that both times were completed on high-end carbon climbing machines and that this one will be a great deal tougher. By broadcasting the event, I’ve created a further level of impetus to finish. Saving face perhaps, but it’s my way of not being able to back out.

What specific motivation do you have for attempting this?

My motivation is 3 fold – Firstly, I have motivation to help others in need. Secondly, I love few things more than a personal and physical challenge and thirdly, I will treat this 24+ hour ride as further training toward the UCI World Amateur Road Racing Championships I’ll be competing for Australia in Denmark this September. Perhaps afterwards I may take a blue share bike with me.

Do you have any personal connection to Nepal?

I have no direct connection to Nepal, yet as corny as it may sound, I have connections to the human race and to my own conscience, so when asked to be involved in this madness I had little choice.

Obviously this means a whole lot of time in the saddle, any special tips or tricks to keep the soreness, fatigue or boredom at bay?

This touches somewhat on s previous question, as I’ve found via my past efforts that the best way to combat boredom is to broadcast it and turn the day and night into a circus!

I had a BBQ at the bottom of my first as well as a raffle and a KOM contest throughout the ride for anyone wanting to join in the fun. The circus atmosphere certainly alleviates much of the boredom, but at times an Audiobook via headphones takes the pain and suffering away.

Having said that, thinking of those I’m helping is the best way to park all notions of discomfort and get on with things. My first attempt raised 4 grand for a Down syndrome charity and having my Downs nephew show up and wave support made any soreness and fatigue I was feeling simply melt away.

Who will be supporting you during the event?

The circus will be large and consist of my Wife, Son and friends – none of which will stay for the duration (& nor would I expect any to) but who’s attendance no matter how brief will bring a smile to my dial (provided they come with donuts!).

Anything else you would like to add?

Credit for this ride needs to be placed firmly on the beautiful head of Hells500 (namely Andy Van Bergen), whose tireless work within Melbourne’s cycling community is nothing short of immense.


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Instagram Handle – RICH_KEMP (

Strava Profile link –

Rich getting it done 


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