A team of 8 from the Deeside Bike Collective succeeded in cycling 64 laps collectively of the Chutney trail in Balfour Forest, to ascend a total of over 8,848m – the equivalent of Mount Everest!

We set ourselves this challenge is to raise funds in support of the Banchory Woodland Trails project, which will create purpose built trails for mountain biking in the Deeside community.

We are passionate about making mountain biking more accessible to families and young people and promoting health and mental wellbeing in our community. Big thanks to Birse Community Trust for permission to use their land for the challenge.

If you want to see fantastic trails built in Banchory or just want to see photos of us all exhausted and covered in mud, then please click Give Now and make a donation, big or small.

Thanks to generous donations, we have already exceeded our fundraising target of £884 by almost 200%!

DBC Everesting Challenge Team

The team comprises Kev Harper, Simon van Lieshout, Chris Mutch, Jamie Ritchie, Mandy Prowse, Gill Whitfield and 2 youth members Skye Clarke and Sophie Ledger

Youth Riders

Skye and Sophie (pictured below on a training ride) are joining the 6 adult riders to make a team of 8


Simon van Lieshout

Simon van Lieshout

DBC Core Member, keen cyclist, mainly involved with the DBC website and IT issues. Also works as a GP.