Vernon cyclist Braden Kersey completes one of his 57, 1.6-kilometre-long laps of Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country Sunday, July 21. Kersey and his cycling coach Jordan Cheyne of Kelowna both beat the previous Canadian Everesting record (cycling repeats on a hill of the athlete’s choice equal to the elevation of Mt. Everest (8,848 metres) as fast as possible). (Laura Medcalf photo)

Vernon cyclist Braden Kersey completes one of his 57, 1.6-kilometre-long laps of Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country Sunday, July 21. Kersey and his cycling coach Jordan Cheyne of Kelowna both beat the previous Canadian Everesting record (cycling repeats on a hill of the athlete’s choice equal to the elevation of Mt. Everest (8,848 metres) as fast as possible). (Laura Medcalf photo)

Vernon cyclist betters Canadian event record

Braden Kersey and Kelowna coach both break national mark in event called Everesting

Halfway during his uphill quest to set a new Canadian record, Vernon cyclist Braden Kersey began questioning the goal.

Kersey and riding partner and coach Jordan Cheyne of Kelowna both established new Canadian marks Sunday, July 20, in a cycling event called Everesting, which consists of cycling repeats on a hill of the athlete’s choice equal to the elevation of Mt. Everest (8,848 metres) as fast as possible.

Kersey and Cheyne picked a 1.6-kilometre portion of Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country and each rode that section 57 times to achieve the elevation gain required.

Fifty-five laps would have done it but the pair threw in a couple of extra loops to be sure they had bested the record.

“I started out pretty hot, I was on an eight-hour pace,” said Kersey, 18, a W.L. Seaton Class of 2019 graduate. “About halfway through I thought, ‘Why am I doing this?’ And it felt like that every single lap to the end.”

Kersey completed the event in eight hours and 58 minutes while Cheyne, 28, set the new Canadian mark of 8:12. Both beat the old record set only a week prior by Kersey’s good friend Jacob Rubuliak of Kelowna, 17, who climbed the Knox Mountain road 38.5 times in nine hours and 33 minutes.

Kersey road a few laps with Rubuliak on Knox Mountain and that’s when the thought struck that he might be able to go after a new record.

A former triathlete coached by Vernon’s Laura Medcalf, Kersey gave up swimming and running to concentrate on cycling in September 2019, and enlisted the help of Cheyne. The pair discussed setting a new Everesting record and mapped out their course the day before.

After he completed his goal, Kersey was more than happy to get off his bike.

“I was pretty rough at the end,” he laughed. “I fell off my bike and stumbled into a chair. I’m pretty happy if I don’t see Beaver Lake Road again for a while.”

Kersey is a biology student at the University of Victoria. He’s working at Sun Country Cycle. Cheyne is a professional cyclist who rides for the Elevate – Webiplex Pro Cycling team.

READ MORE: Seaton Sonics runners sizzle

READ MORE: Kelowna close-up: A local cyclist is riding out of his ‘most successful year’



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cycling

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, June, 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Okanagan-Shuswap real estate market continues hot start to 2021

Sales in February were up more than 100 per cent over last year, reports the Association of Interior Realtors

Const. Kevin Fuglewicz is the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s newest member of its Downtown Enforcement Unit. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP photo)
Vernon RCMP add new downtown unit member

Const. Kevin Fuglewicz joins Downtown Enforcement Unit for rural north operations

The District of Lake Country has placed load restrictions on city roads due to early warming weather. (Black Press file photo)
Load restrictions set on Lake Country roads

A 70 per cent axle weight restriction has been implemented to protect roads during warming weather

Okanagan high school girls volleyball players Georgia MacLean of Lake Country’s George Elliot Secondary (from left), Olivia Pederson of Vernon Christian School, Kassidy Schaper-Kotter of Vernon Secondary and Makenna Lane from W.L. Seaton Secondary have signed to play college volleyball with Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College. (File photos)
Fraser Valley college inks quartet of Okanagan recruits

Columbia Bible College Bearcats in Abbotsford sign four players to women’s volleyball squad

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

A protest has been planned for March 5, 2020 over Penticton council’s decision to reject an application from BC Housing to keep an emergency winter shelter open over a year longer than originally planned. (Jesse Day - Western News)
‘Bring your tent’: Protest planned in Penticton’s Gyro Park over winter shelter closure

Protesters plan to show council ‘what the result of their decision will look like’

Although B.C. has not made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces, some business owners are requiring all customers to wear them before entering their store. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
EDITORIAL: Heightened tension over face masks

Incidents of anger and conflicts over mandated masks happening too frequently

John Hordyk said it isn’t fair to just look at COVID-19 deaths as many survivors are experiencing long-term impacts, himself included. (Photo by Rachel Muise)
Not getting better: Revelstoke man diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome

‘I hope the damage isn’t long term, but it could be permanent’

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki responded to BC Housing minster David Eby’s remarks that the city has put themselves at risk of creating a tent city Wednesday, March 3, 2020. (Western News file photo)
Penticton mayor calls out BC Housing minister for ‘irresponsible fear-mongering’

Council recently rejected BC Housing’s request to keep a winter shelter open longer than first planned

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

Most Read