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Of: Ronnie Herteux

Daniel Mauser on one of his 564 ascents on the Falkenberg, where he achieved a unique achievement for Germany and Europe with his triple everesting. © Ronny Herteux

More than 26,544 meters in altitude, 50 hours without sleep, a distance of almost 400 kilometers, behind these bare numbers lies an unbelievable amount of energy and will from Daniel Mauser.

Friday, May 6, 5:45 a.m.: Daniel Mauser from Gießen starts his mission Triple-Everesting. On the extremely steep stretch of road at Am Falkenberg in Wettenberg, a length of almost 350 m is enough to collect 50 vertical meters at a gradient of up to 20 percent (average 14.9), with mostly between 230 and 250 watts on the pedals of your racing bike are to be brought.

Not rocket science in theory, but in practice even for ambitious cyclists it is “a board” that the assistant doctor in orthopedics and trauma surgery at the “EV” will have taken 564 times in the end. More precisely on Sunday, May 8th, at 8:15 a.m. – so 50:30 hours later. There is a long way in between, and not just the one over 398.3 kilometers. On this long journey adversity threatens, so the psyche also wants to play one or the other trick – but thoughts of giving up? “No never!”

Nevertheless, the 37-year-old is not immune to weak phases either, who, after Everesting 2020 and double Everesting a year ago, now conjures up the conclusion of a trilogy with the triple on the asphalt of the closed-off Falkenberg.

Friday, May 6, 6:44 p.m.: After 13 hours, part one with 8869 meters of altitude is completed, in the following night the family man can keep his rhythm of 1000 meters of altitude in about two hours. And yet: have there been periods of weakness? “Yes, there was,” as Mauser admits, and even relatively early on: “A phase that goes through as ‘demotivating’, namely the one in which you’re only busy working through something you’ve already managed to do. « So the road to double Everesting.

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“Lonely” through the night: Daniel Mauser. © Ronny Herteux

Saturday, May 7, 5:12 a.m.: 14,029 meters in altitude have been covered, after 23:26 hours in the saddle: »The first night went very well with Wolfgang Rinn at my side, without tiredness or phases of weakness. Compared to the 2021 double, this time I had twice as long intervals before the break.” Mauser is approaching that phase in which even he is breaking new ground or taking things under his wheels.

Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.: 18,034 vertical meters with 379 ascents and descents are completed after 31:45 hours including breaks. “The sun came out on day two, which is actually quite nice. However, there was no cloud to provide some shade, so midday and early afternoon became a very consuming affair. When the predicted clouds finally came in the late afternoon, I was very happy. It went on like this, night came and things were going well until…”

Sunday, May 8, 12:25 a.m.: The Garmin recording device shows 23,015 meters of altitude after 42:39 hours and 342.5 kilometers. “Night came and things went well until tiredness struck.” A critical phase, although the Gießener would have had 72 hours for the treble according to the rules. So there is also time for sleep and relaxation, although this is not his claim. »Wolfgang was also there during this night phase. I could feel the climb slipping away from me visually, there was nothing I could do about it except drink, eat and keep going. At around 2:30 am I had to stop at the top of the mountain because my eyes closed.« What to do? Music from the ARD pop night streams through the clear and cool night from Mauser’s radio, which is stowed in his jersey pocket, and Rinn has a brilliant idea. Without further ado, he calls the studio and negotiates an interview. “The variety made the tiredness go away, and 30 minutes later we were live on the radio and for a few minutes explaining the audience about our campaign.” One could argue about the mystery of psyche. However, to perceive body and mind as separate spheres, as once formulated in Descartes’ dualism, at the Falkenberg there is further counter-evidence that it is only possible together: body and mind.

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Mauser’s bike and body are checked regularly, especially at night, © Ronny Herteux

Sunday, May 8, 5:01 am: 25,026 meters in altitude have been covered, the goal only seems close because it is still far away. Because »it’s not so easy to beat tiredness, even the freshly rising sun can’t do anything about it. And so I stood on the street and was almost overwhelmed by tiredness: standing was fine, hardly driving.« While Mauser’s nocturnal »shadow« is now sleeping a little in his Caddy, the doctor is now on his own. »I had to decide whether I would really hit the ground running or let myself be overwhelmed. Caffeine, distraction and companionship, none of that was successful at that moment.« Mauser, who also receives medical care almost around the clock, is given the go-ahead and decides »to hit it, kick it in, keep driving.« However he does it.

Sunday, May 8, 8:15 a.m.: In the meantime, fellow campaigners, supporters, family members and friends have gathered again at the Falkenberg. After 50:30 hours (net 37:36), 564 ascents and descents with 26,850 meters in altitude and a total distance of 398.6 kilometers, Mauer gets off his Delta Bike Cannondale bike for the last time. It’s done.

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Of course, photos and film recordings should not be missing as »evidence«. © Ronny Herteux

The time after: who is to be thanked for? “Eva, my wife, not only for the time of the treble, when she looked after the children, she was also at the track.” Of course, his children. And his parents, »who always support me with such actions and who have stayed through many a night to take care of me. Not to forget companions like Oli Harsy or Wolfgang Rinn and the organizers of the Tour of Hope, especially since »Wolfgang was on the saddle next to me during the hardest times of the night«. The Triple Everesting, which is unique in Germany and Europe with its steepness, is also a credit to the “medical care crew who had to endure long nights to look after me”. In general: »The Central Hessian bicycle community is alive.«

Voices: »Daniel Mauser is the Chuck Norris among extreme athletes«

dr Iris Schleicher (medical support crew): “Just as I know Daniel as a doctor – calm, level-headed and very thoughtful, a colleague who is just a pleasure to work with – that’s how I saw him during this phenomenal performance at Triple Everesting. The physical performance, which is second to none anyway, but also the mental strength seems almost superhuman to me. And in the greatest stress, Daniel is still prudent and always has a good word. Hats off.”

Wolfgang Rinn (companion driver, co-organizer Tour of Hope): “What an intense weekend that was. I’m really happy for Daniel that his triple Everesting was so successful. All work for a good cause, with moments that will stay with me forever. Is there anything nicer than riding your bike at night to keep someone from sleeping with the most »stupid« ideas?! It will always remain a complete mystery to me how a person can climb 26,544 meters in altitude in 50 hours, never lose control and, despite all the psychological stress, always strike a friendly note. I liked being his wingman at night. Typical for Daniel: not I, but rather he had a bad conscience because he was depriving me of my sleep.«

Oliver Harsy (companion driver): »Daniel Mauser is the Chuck Norris of extreme athletes. If you don’t know Chuck Norris, let me tell you: How many push-ups can Chuck Norris do? Answer: ALL. Daniel is like Chuck Norris. Daniel’s head gives his body a task and then that’s what’s done. With me it’s a little different. I also like to set myself big tasks, but at the latest halfway through the task, my body and my head start discussing whether it all really has to be like this, or whether it would be much better to lie on the couch. When I drove to the Mountain of Horrors again early Sunday morning to help Daniel a bit with the last few meters, I was quite flabbergasted. Daniel looked as if he had just driven off. Completely fresh in body and mind and he started up much faster than the night before. I was only able to ride a few kilometers there with difficulty. I still ask myself how a person can do that and how much more could there have been? Was this man really at his personal limit?”

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