Adam Billinghurst takes on the challenge of a lifetime and ride a million vertical feet in 57 days at Whistler Bike Park.

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One Million Vertical feet: Adam Billinghurst’s 57 days

I think I would feel like this too.

We first heard of Adam Billinghurst out at Crankworx and his bonkers idea of riding a million, yes, thats right, a million vertical feet during one season at Whistler Bike Park.

It sounds simple, and I guess it is really but being compelled to undertake such a mission is pretty incredible. Its times like this we are bombarded with some amazing equivalent statistics…here we go then.

Walking down the Empire State building 750 times or walking down Mt. Everest 48 times. Both of which would be way less fun than Adam’s adventure.

He wasn’t hanging about with that max speed.

“I was able to drop in on Adam’s final day of riding and I couldn’t believe what he had already been through to get there. Riding 1 million vertical feet is one thing, but to do it in 57 days requires a full time commitment and takes a huge physical toll on you. It’s a very impressive accomplishment, one that I have no interest in trying to match!” – Thomas Vanderham

So how did he do it, well a combination of famous runs in Whistler repeated, a lot. Then one final day and a single run right from the top clicked Adam’s computer over the 1 million feet mark. In 57 days Adam 565 lower mountain laps, 169 from the Garbanzo chair, 2 from the round house and 1 from top of the peak. Here’s his video, definitely not your average helmet camera from a season of riding.

Pinning it every inch of the trail.

“I turned what I love to do most into something I had to do. It became the best first world problem I’ve ever had. I had to ride my downhill bike too much. Sometimes it wasn’t as fun as I wanted it to be, most of the time it was. Even after 15 years of riding here like a fiend, every October I felt like I didn’t ride the park enough that season. This is the year though. I rode enough. I say that now, knowing I’ll be dying for an A-Line hot lap as soon as it closes for the season. Thanks to everybody that helped me accomplish this goal and good luck to anybody else who wants to go for it.” – Adam Billinghurst


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