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In 2004-2005 he reached one million vertical feet for the first time, which is when he also realized that two million feet was physically possible.

Hill hit the two million mark at Rogers Pass. It took him 266 calendar days to complete, with an average of 5,500 vertical feet every day - a significant accomplishment for a father of two young children. He also climbed 71 different peaks in his pursuit of the world record, including 40 that he had never visited before.

He did have company on some of those days, but estimates that almost half the time - around 130 days - he was on a solo mission. Most of those solo days were accomplished this summer, as he racked up vertical feet while touring in Chile and Argentina.

For reference, two million vertical feet is the equivalent of ascending Mount Everest from sea level to the peak, 69 times.

Hill's website is


Hesjedal tops Canadian Cyclist of the Year voting

Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal dominated the men's voting for Male Canadian Cyclist of the Year with over 81 per cent of first place votes at the Canadian Cyclist website - hardly surprising given the season he had. Among other results, Hesjedal won the eighth stage of the Tour of California, placed second in the Amstel Gold race, was third in the Grand prix Cycliste de Montreal, and - most importantly - posted Canada's best result on the Tour de France since the Steve Bauer years, placing seventh overall and second on one stage.

The 30-year-old is now racing on Team Garmin-Cervelo, which formed at the end of last season with the merger of the Team-Garmin Transitions and Cervelo teams. Cervelo is partly owned by a Canadian company, so that means Hesjedal will be riding or a Canadian squad for the first time since he switched from mountain biking to road.

Svein Tuft, ranked second to Hesjedal internationally, was second in the men's voting with 7.5 per cent of first place votes.

For Female Cycling of the Year award went to Edmonton's Tara Whitten, boasting two world track titles plus a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She earned just over 45 per cent of the votes.

Mountain biker Catharine Pendrel finished a close second in the voting with over 42 per cent of votes. Pendrel won the overall UCI mountain bike World Cup title and two World Cup events in 2010, but also found time to race in local events like the NimbyFifty in Pemberton and Squamish Test of Metal.

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