Contador Dethroned: Irish Cyclist Breaks Everesting Record by 20 Minutes

Contador Dethroned: Irish Cyclist Breaks Everesting Record by 20 Minutes

Ronan McLaughlin Breaks Everesting Record

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The Everesting record recently set by Alberto Contador has just been toppled by Irish cyclist Ronan McLaughlin. McLaughlin's time of 7:04:41 - which has been confirmed by Hells 500, the Australian group that administers Everesting - is a substantial leap forward, breaking Contador's mark by more than 20 minutes. 

Compared to the retired Spanish megastar, McLaughlin has a far lower profile as an athlete, but while he's not a big name he's (obviously) far from a slouch. The 33-year-old represented Ireland at the 2012 Road World Championships alongside Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche, he also raced U23 Worlds in 2008. 

From 2008 to 2013, he rode for the Continental-level An Post/Sean Kelly/Chain Reaction setup, but then stepped back to amateur level. He currently works full time (as a Pactimo Sales-Rep), is a coach at Panache Coaching, and is regularly at the pointy end of results in Irish domestic racing. 


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