Adventure man Cory Wallace has once again raised the bar on what is possible to do on a bike. Cory was on his Hei Hei CR DL. The 3x 24-hour solo World Champion obliterated the current time of circumnavigating the Annapurna Circuit that he set last year. His time of 20:33 minutes is nearly superhuman. To put it in perspective, it takes most people 7-10 days to complete the route.

The ride is 220km at massive altitude—topping out at nearly 18,000 feet, and includes grades of nearly 20%. If it sounds hard, don’t forget to factor in the super-thin oxygen. Wallace dealt with his fair share of difficulties. “This year things went well for the first 2 kms to high camp but then the dizziness, fatigue and the feeling of drunkness set in,” Wallace recalled on his blog.

Adventure man Cory Wallace has once again raised the bar on what is possible to do on a bike. The 3x 24-hour solo World Champion obliterated the current time of circumnavigating the Annapurna Circuit that he set last year. His time of 20:33 minutes is nearly superhuman. To put it in perspective, it takes most people 7-10 days to complete the route.

The ride is 220km at massive altitude—topping out at nearly 18,000 feet, and includes grades of nearly 20%. If it sounds hard, don’t forget to factor in the super-thin oxygen. Wallace dealt with his fair share of difficulties. “This year things went well for the first 2 kms to high camp but then the dizziness, fatigue and the feeling of drunkness set in,” Wallace recalled on his blog.

While this year’s event wasn’t without its challenges, Wallace actually found the time to stop and…drink the tea… literally. “I was on an FKT attempt but some moments in life you can’t pass up. This was one of those moments, being up in the heart of the Himalayas with my Nepali brother, Snow Monkey, on a pass people often spend over a week getting to.  Thus we soaked it in, ordered some tea, relaxed and forgot about everything else for a while.” 

At the end of the ride, Wallace was tired but satisfied with his journey, even if it was essentially unknown what he was doing. “Rolling into Beni bus park at 8:48 pm signaled the end of my 3rd Annapurna 24 hr attempt, and also the setting of a new FKT of 20 hours and 33 minutes! The crowd went wild at the finish line, fireworks went off and champagne sprayed everywhere!  Or, in reality, one dog barked and a kid asked me for a chocolate and was wondering where I was headed.”

Cory has a very thorough recount of his experience over on his blog. It’s pretty incredible to read. From all of us at Kona, congrats, Cory, on another incredible ride! 

Thanks to Patrick Means and Snow Monkey for the photos.