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SLO bicyclist sets lofty goal of climbing 1 million vertical feet in 1 year

Tim Driscoll of San Luis Obispo climbs Prefumo Canyon Road on Monday afternoon. Driscoll is participating in a challenge to climb 1 million vertical feet in one year. By Monday afternoon, he had climbed 885,000 vertical feet.
Tim Driscoll of San Luis Obispo climbs Prefumo Canyon Road on Monday afternoon. Driscoll is participating in a challenge to climb 1 million vertical feet in one year. By Monday afternoon, he had climbed 885,000 vertical feet. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

With a view of Bishop Peak in the background, cyclist Tim Driscoll of San Luis Obispo climbs scenic Prefumo Canyon Road on Monday afternoon.

Driscoll is participating in a challenge to climb 1 million vertical feet in one year. The challenge started on the first of the year and by Monday afternoon, he had climbed 885,000 vertical feet. Driscoll anticipated he would climb about 7,000 feet this day as he did laps up and down the road. He hopes to finish the feat by the end of October.

In the months since he’s started his quest, Driscoll said he’s lost 30 pounds and is in the best biking shape of his life.

To help comprehend his goal, Driscoll said it would be the same as riding up the Cuesta Grade three times a day, every day for a full year.

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