Uphill battle: Simon Noble will bike up and down the Skyline access road about 22 times in 24 hours. PICTURE: PAUL FOLEY


The longest day’s going to take on new meaning for Queenstowner Simon Noble this Wednesday.

Noble’s using the summer solstice to, in one day, bike the vertical height of Mount Everest
— a total of 8848 metres — to raise money for inclusive tourism provider Makingtrax.

He’s planning to go up and down the Skyline access road about 22 times, making it one of
the longest mountain bike rides he’s ever done.

Based on training to date, Noble says he’s feeling ‘‘quite good’’ about the impending challenge.

‘‘[I’m] in a pretty positive mindset about it, I think it’ll be achievable, but a long day.’’

Noble’s hoping to raise enough money to buy a $10,000 gravity quad for Makingtrax, so people living with disabilities can go mountain biking in Queenstown.

So far he’s raised about $3200.

Noble’s previously had to use a wheelchair after a mountain biking accident, so it’s a cause
close to home.

This year, across all his rides, he’s clocked about 250,000 vertical metres.

To get ready for the mission he’s changed his sleeping patterns this week — hitting the hay
at 6pm — so he’s prepared for the 1am start on Wednesday.

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