Tuesday, November 28, 2006

World's Most Dangerous Bike Ride

Thanks to Gene Bisbee at BikingBis.com, we now know the world's most dangerous bike ride -- the Unduavi-Yolosa Highway in the mountains near La Paz, Bolivia.

Tour groups arrange bike rides on the road which feature exciting drops of 3,000 feet. The road is only a couple meters wide in spots, has streams cutting through it, buses filled with people drive on it and occasionally plunge over the edge, and up to 200 people die on this road every year.

The only guardrails are the road-side crosses put up by grieving families of dead cyclists!

You really gotta check out the link.

In the meantime, which bike ride near you is considered the most dangerous and why?

For Howard, it has to be County Road 23 heading south towards Dixon Canyon Dam at Horsetooth Reservoir. The road is a half-mile straight shot down a constant 8% grade without guardrails and a killer sharp (literally) blind left turn as you approach the dam. You can't bomb down the road because of the sharp turn. Which means that your life depends entirely upon the integrity of your tiny rarely-inspected $10 brakepads. You DID buy the $10 pads instead of the cheapie $5 pads, didn't you?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

for residents of norway it is this base jump bike ride (scroll down a ways on the linked website)

http://www.aerialextreme.com/stock_video/

12:59 PM, November 28, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

A base jump while strapped to your bicycle doesn't look so dangerous as long as one has a good parachute. And a spare. And an emergency backup just-in-case spare. And and and...

5:00 PM, November 28, 2006  

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