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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The ultimate extreme pursuit on "death road"

There will always be some people looking for that ultimate adrenaline rush. Whether it's the thrill of sky diving, free climbing, back country snowboarding, bridge jumping, burn bashing or whatever, you can be sure that there will be a group of daredevils taking a sport to the extreme.

Reading the latest exploits of cyclists on the so called "world's most dangerous road" in Bolivia just shows how far some will go to get that extreme madcap tick. Eighteeen people have now died cycling this truly bonkers descent on a road that is barely rideable and when it is it's life-threateningly steep, with ridiculous hairpin bends, and has ludicrous drop offs (600m cliffs) to avoid. It is difficult to understand the allure of such a risky rite of passage but we all have our individual aspirations.

The mind boggles! But then again I do take my life in my own hands every time I cycle Glasgow's busy and pot-hole knackered roads. I've seen my life flash before me more times than I recall.

1 comment:

  1. Cycling can be so flamin scary cant it! I rarely cycle on the roads around here, when we go out its normally early enough you can get away with being on paths, naughty I know. Cycling round london ... yeah that would NEVER happen1