Cyclist climbs 29,000 feet in one day

Mike Tofel's goal was to cover the distance equal to the elevation of Mount Everest which is more than 29,000 feet. He calls it Ascending Everest.

KKCO (NBC) - GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Many bicyclists out there wouldn’t hesitate to take a ride from the West Gate of the Colorado National Monument, to the Visitors' Center and then back.

But one local man did it not just once... but 28 times.

Mike Tofel's goal was to cover the distance equal to the elevation of Mount Everest which is more than 29,000 feet.

He calls it Ascending Everest.

During his feat on Wednesday, he raised more than $5,000 for Mesa County Partners.

“I feel a big sense of accomplishment and relief that I said what I was going to do, which that was keeping me up. I haven't been sleeping the last couple nights," said Tofel.

The money will allow 75 at-risk youth to experience the outdoors as well

"We get to appreciate the outdoors. We want to make sure our next generation, is getting to experience that,” said Jill Derrieux, the executive director of Partners.

After starting at midnight Wednesday morning, Tofel finished the 28th lap around 9:30 that night. That means he was biking for about 21 1/2 hours straight, with very few breaks.

This story first appeared on KKCO: http://bit.ly/2peSZwB

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