School friends from ’87: Attie & Cor “Everesting” Malanshoogte

Filed in Everyday Hero by on July 5, 2015 • views: 2083

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Pick a hill, any hill and ride it as many times as it takes to match the elevation of Mount Everest – 8848 metres above sea level.

Follow up interview after our original post: http://www.awesomesouthafricans.co.za/everesting-malanshoogte-cape-town-elevation-8848-metres/

Attie Conradie and Cor Wickler did just that on the weekend of 20 June 2015 at Malanshoogte, 30 km outside Cape Town. 22 hours, 320 km, 8848 metres in elevation and 65 repetitions, Attie and Cor did it and not only personal achievement purposes but to raise funds and awareness for the special needs Elundini School in De Noon – project of the SAVE Organisation.

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I GUESS THAT YOU ARE BOTH GOOD FRIENDS – HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN EACH OTHER?
We met in Matric in 1987 and we were cycling together then already. After finishing Matric, we decided we wanted to see South Africa so we cycled from Jhb to Cape Town via Port Elisabeth. 2200 km in 3 weeks. It was an awesome time for friends to spend together and explore.

Today: Cor is 46 and Attie is 48 and both work fulltime in the IT field for their respective employers.

WHAT IGNITED THIS IDEA?
Attie heard about the concept of “EVERSTING”. It would be impossible to cycle up Mount Everest, but there is a fraternity of cyclists that are cycling the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest. We wanted to join this fraternity of cyclists, so thus planning commenced. (http://www.everesting.cc/)

WHAT CAUSE DID YOU CYCLE FOR?
We decided that we had to do this for a cause as well. Living here in Cape Town, we decided the cause had to be local, so we researched and found out about the Elundini School in De Noon for special needs and handicapped children.  http://www.savefoundation.org.za/everesting4elundini/

The SAVE organisation also runs awareness and fundraising for this school, so under the banner of SAVE, we cycled Malanshoogte 65 times to raise funds to build a classroom for the Elundini school.

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC GET INVOLVED WITH EMULENI SCHOOL?
People can give financial donations to the school (link here), but they also need product sponsorship. Building materials, books, volunteer therapists, etc. Please contact Sergio (sergio@savefoundation.org.za +27 82 577 9518)  from SAVE and see how you can help

BESIDES CROSSING THE FINISH LINE AT 2 IN THE MORNING, WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU?
The human element. The number of people that came out to support us was so encouraging. Kids were making drawings and messages of encouragement in chalk on the road for us. Cyclists came and joined us for a while. Special mention to Johan, whom we had never met before came and cycled with us in the wee hours of the morning. Left at day break and that evening, after a braai, roped a friend of his to come down and join us at midnight to cycle with us to give us encouragement and be there when we crossed the finish line.

Even though we summitted 65 times, each individual summit was unique and beautiful – no two were the same. We witnessed the Southern Cross arc across the heavens, Owls ‘whooting’ at us from fence posts and the people were phenomenal.

ANOTHER OBVIOUS QUESTION (BESIDES YOUR BUMS BEING SORE) – WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
We had trained for about one third of this endeavour so the first third was pretty “easy”. The second third was hard and many times we questioned as we reached the summit should we stop as we were not in good shape. The kids at Emuleni were our inspiration to continue and “suck it up”. Our last 4 loops were on auto pilot. Were so tired and exhausted that we can’t remember much of those 4 loops, but we found the strength and finished what we set out to achieve. It was a glorious moment crossing the finish line at 01:40 on that Sunday morning. It took us a lot longer than we expected, but we are elated that we did it.

BEFORE THIS, WHAT WAS THE LONGEST ENDURANCE RIDE YOU HAVE DONE?
28 years ago, we cycled 2200 km from Jhb to Cape Town via Port Elisabeth.

WOULD YOU DO THIS AGAIN?
Attie: yes Cor: yes, but not right now (laughing out loud)

ARE YOU ALREADY THINKING OF YOUR NEXT VENTURE?
Yes we do have a few ideas. Possibly cycling the entire coastline of South Africa on Fat Bikes and most definitely doing the Everesting concept again except an off road version.

Quote that stood out:
“Because of our commitment to the cause of Elundini School, we did not give up!!!”

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