Death Road Downhill

Trip Start Oct 03, 2010
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Trip End May 02, 2011


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Flag of Bolivia  , La Paz,
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Set amongst the impressive clifftops, this very windy and narrow dirt/gravel/potholed road used to be the main road between La Paz and Coroico and got it's name from the approximately 300 fatalities that occurred on it's steep jagged edges yearly.  The road starts at about 4,700meters high and is all downhill dropping to 1,300meters over 64kms - FAST!  

3 years ago a new main road was built leaving the 'Death Road' to the surrounding villages and thrill seeking tourits.  There are loads of companies offering the mountainbike downhill ride and choosing one is no easy task. Deciding on the highly recommended B-side adventures we were all kitted out (helmets, shin pads, gloves, goggles) and ready for the challenge early the next morning. A quick safety briefing and we were let loose on the road along with our group of 11. 



The first hour was on a tarred road and once you had gained a bit of confidence you were flying.  It was then time for the real thing as we hit 'Death Road'. Speeding along the hairpin bends, trying your best not to hit a ditch or loose gravel or brake too suddenly, you really were filled with adrenalin (frequent stops were necessary to calm the aching pain in your hands and wrists). One wrong move and it would be game over. It was difficult not to be distracted by the amazing views and waterfalls and you were often struck with the thought  'how on earth was this once a main road!' You could also not help but notice the many crosses dotted along the road in memory of the car accident fatalities as well as the 18 cyclists that did not make the end of the ride. 

We all made it to the end safely and rewarded ourselves with a cold beer and the bragging right that we had cycled the WMDR (The Worlds Most Dangerous Road) - what a ride!!!!
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Mum & Dad Readings on

Great photo's makes my legs wobble just looking at the pictures.

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Katie Niebs on

Amazing pics! So jealous guys... I went to go travelling now!

mike on

i've just seen a fat woman with piles
you guys think your life is exciting

Glenn & Dot on

Looks amazing! Great to hear from you both - looks like you're having a great time. London is decidedly chilly - cold snap last week and on its way back this weekend apparently - brr!

Ciara (the best sister in the world) Readings on

Im Jealous as, here i am stuck in Ballarat with Lakey whilst your doing this... Pictures look awesome! Keep having an amazing time! x

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