“It was absolutely the hardest ride I’ve done in my life,” said seven-time world champion, author, and volunteer firefighter Rebecca Rusch of her ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro last March.
Riding mountain bikes, Rusch along with adventurer, Patrick Sweeney, summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization, World Bicycle Relief.
“There were a lot of unknowns,” said Rusch, “about the trail, about the elevation, about how I was going to carry my bike … Even though it was very short — probably 50 miles — it was the highest elevation I’ve ever been to.”
Rusch and Sweeney rode, carried, and pushed their bikes to the summit at 19,341 feet, then braved the journey back down, with the goal to ultimately raise one dollar for every foot of elevation, equaling 131 new bikes for students in Africa.
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