Reflection on Everest

At 5000m above sea level – plants and people are not meant to survive, let alone conquer. Rather, the journey is about taking in what Mother Nature has in store for us – be it rain, snow, elevation, lack of oxygen or the sunshine, warmth, amazing landscape and breathtaking scenery. Rather than a challenge to overcome, Everest is a spiritual place for pilgrimage on two wheels.

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Everesting Everest

How I found a new ‘cycling nirvana’ attempting to Everest Everest. In October 2017 Serk partnered with CyclingTips to attempt the world’s highest and one of the more crazy Everesting attempts. We journeyed for 10 days through Tibet before spending a long day on the slopes of Everest riding up and down a short segment close to Everest Base Camp.

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Adventure Goals

A quick look back on some of the highlights of 2017 and adventure goals for 2018 – bring it on !

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7 days in the shadow of Minya Konka

In 2015 three friends took off an a 7 day gravel adventure in the shadow of Minya Konka in remote Sichuan. Scouting out a new Serk adventure route it almost went horribly wrong when we took a wrong turn into the Valley of Death. Thanks to some luck and the incredible Tibetan hospitality we survived to tell the tale and pioneer a new route which will feature on the Serk adventure calendar soon.

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Chairman Mao Sprint

In the summer of 2017 five teams of maverick riders raced under the cover of night and under the watchful gaze of Mao Zedong’s iconic portrait on Tiananmen Square. The riders were in search of fame, glory and a coveted golden bust of the Chairman himself. All of this upon the saddles of some of the most technologically advanced and innovative bicycles on the road today: Chinese share bikes

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How one panda inspired Chinese cycling

Inspired by the Panda that chased Dan Martin to victory in the 2013 Liege-Bastion-Liege Serk gathered a bunch of local Panda fans and established the first Chinese pro cycling fan event – The Panda Corner. With grumpy Beijing bus driver and unexpected roadworks we almost didn’t make it. Fortunately we did and the Panda became the unofficial mascot of the tour and pet of the podium girls – much to the disdain of the official mascot .

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