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Two Men Tackle The Equivalent Of Mt Everest On The Sunshine Coast

Image Credit: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Two men, who both admit "you have to have a little bit of crazy", will take on the ultimate endurance cycling ride on Saturday to raise money to support RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters.

RACQ LifeFlight paramedic Brad Solomon and Brenton Thompson will repeatedly ride the steepest section of the notorious Razorback Rd, until they've conquered 8,848 metres - the altitude of Mt Everest.

The event, known as "Everesting", had been delayed by severe weather. The date change forced other entrants to reluctantly withdraw, but Brad and Brenton are determined to complete the challenge.

"It's considered the ultimate hill riding challenge in the world," said Brenton.

The Toowoomba rider knows it will be painful and difficult, but he has almost daily reminders of the life saving missions performed by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crews.

"I live on Mt Lofty, so I literally see that helicopter go over our house and when I do I think, 'that could be me', being a cyclist - it is dangerous," he said.

Brad Solomon is inspired to ride the Razorback, by his work as an RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter paramedic.

"I see for myself, every work day, how vital the rescue helicopters are to the Sunshine Coast community," he said.

The fundraising ride will take up to 20 hours and will no doubt take a toll, physically and mentally.

Brad and Brenton's rewards are the knowledge they're helping LifeFlight save lives, the personal satisfaction of conquering Razorback and joining the handful of people to earn their place in the coveted Everesting Hall of Fame.

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