The Rider Who Discovered That 'Every Pedal Stroke Is a Victory'
hicago rider KEVIN ADLER summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with a little help from SoulCycle.
Kilimanjaro was a beautiful experience. And a challenging one. We averaged six to eight hours of hiking and climbing each day. Some days were basically just very long walks and others were semi-technical rock scrambling and climbing at increasingly high altitudes — which means colder temperatures, higher winds, and less oxygen. On summit day, we got to sleep around 7:00 pm and woke up at 11:00 pm to start our summit push. With headlamps lighting our way, we tackled rocky terrain, high winds, and frigid temperatures. We arrived at the summit at 7:38 am, spent 40 minutes taking in the majestic views and getting our obligatory pictures for our Facebook posts, and then started our eight-hour descent to our overnight camp at 10,000 feet. It was a long day but an incredible one. And one that I got through by simply focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. Every pedal stroke is a victory.