28-year-old local cycling enthusiast Rick Price, is going above and beyond for CALM by taking on Mount Everest in one continuous virtual ride on Zwift on Sunday 21st March 2021.
This 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, 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. 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.” Says Rick.
To donate to The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) 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.
To find out more about CALM, check out their website www.theCALMzone.net which is full of inspiring content.
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.