Climb 29,029 vertical feet (8848 meters) during a single mountain bike ride in Henry Coe State Park and you've conquered the Coe Everest Challenge. Do it in under 24 hours and you've done it in superhuman fashion; endless bragging rights will be your share either way.
This was the challenge put forward on October 1, 2011 to draw attention to fundraising efforts to help keep Henry W. Coe Park in Gilroy, CA open during the 2011 California state budget troubles. All donations went to the Coe Park Preservation Fund (CPPF); an agreement between the CPPF and CA State Parks was finalized ensuring the park will remain open at least until 2015. The challenge and event were chronicled in in issue #14 of the awesome XXCMag.com (an endurance racing magazine).
The actual challenge, however, remained unmet and is still out there for someone to beat. A recorded GPS track will serve as 'evidence' (send here) - we probably won't argue much about GPS accuracy if the track looks bona fide - climb some bonus feet if you want to be sure ;). Count on needing about 140-150 miles of trail, often times of the brutally steep and hard to ride type.
(Please consider the sections of the site below archived.)
Due to a budget cut enacted by the state of California, the park is slated for closure in 2012. We love this park, as do many others, and want to do all we can to keep it open.
Attempting to climb 29,029 feet (8848 meters) on a single mountain bike ride in Coe is a crazy undertaking, to put it mildly, but if it helps draw attention and direct funds to the park, it will be more than worth it; three Coe-crazies are taking on this challenge (Roy, Patrick and Dirk): more about us and our motivation and why we think the Coe Park Preservation Fund is a great cause.
To have the highest chance of success, we're looking for a relatively cool day, which is hard to plan for in the summer, as Coe gets often times ridiculously hot. Hence we plan our attempt in fall: the provisional date is October 1, 2011 - aligned with the second running of the HC100 (which will be part of the 'Everest' course). Keep an eye on our updates and notices for the latest (you'll also find a Facebook and Twitter stream there).
Easy: you can either click the 'Donate' button above to directly donate to the CPPF; if you can, please refer to 'Coe Everest Challenge' while making the donation (you can leave a note by clicking on the "Add special instructions to the seller" link on the Paypal donation site).
Or, if you want to wait until you see your money's worth, contact us to make a pledge; for instance, send us a message of intent saying you'll donate x amount of cents for every foot climbed by individual y and afterwards we'll come claim the proceeds! (Actually, we won't do much claiming, as we'll trust your word and rely on the honor system).