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The World’s Most Dangerous Road

That’s the subtitle they use for El Camino de la Meurte, the dirt road that leads down to Coroico. It is dangerous; one year alone, when the road was still heavily used by regular traffic, over 320 people died on it. Since the first company started the downhill mountain biking, 20 cyclists have passed on to the Great Beyond. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Camino de la Meurte is the most dangerous ride, or the most difficult, technically speaking.

It is dangerous. Twenty deaths and numerous injuries can attest to that, but it isn’t out of reach for someone who is ridiculously useless at biking....in other words, moi. Which means that it is likely, er, very likely, you can do it, too.

However, if you do want to try it out, go with Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking. They are serious about safety, and their motto can be pretty much summed up in one word: respect.

Respect your brakes (they're good, really good; you can trust them).
- Respect the road (20 deaths, only one with Gravity, but it was apparently a heart attack and not truly due to the road)
- Respect others (only Gravity riders have the courtesy to let others know they are passing).

For those that want a technical ride, Gravity does the Ghost Ride and and a Secret Single Track that are more likely to please, but the Most Dangerous Road is still a satisfying descent with gorgeous scenery. Worth doing.

I'm almost positive that this cross was put up in memory of the first cyclist's death on the road:


(the diagonal line or break in the vegetation above the cross is the road...)

Postcard curve:


Not as scary as it looks, but that is a 800ft drop there.  :P

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jongibbs
Dec. 28th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Eek!
mnfaure
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I love me a few eeks
pjthompson
Dec. 28th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Is this the one where they allow buses and cars, too? I've seen something about it on some cable show. V. scary, and v. brave Miquela.
mnfaure
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Hehe. Brave! I felt so at the beginning, for tempting such a scary thing. During it, I felt a bit less so, thought it rather easy. But when we went back up by bus (yep, still used by buses and cars), i thought myself brave again when I got a good gander at the curves and dropoffs. You don't pay too much attention to that on the way down or your bike might follow your eyes!
navicat
Dec. 28th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
another O.O is required, I think...
mindseas
Dec. 29th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Gorgeous and scary!
mnfaure
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Yep, it was definitely both
clarentine
Dec. 29th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
That would *so* not be a road you'd ever find me on. Eek, indeed!
mnfaure
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Lol. You might surprise yourself. I didn't think I'd do it either.
kmkibble75
Dec. 29th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Pretty pics...
asakiyume
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
O_o

What is the altitude there, btw? (I'm wondering about the guy who had the heart attack.

So did the people who died all go off the road? Or were some deaths due to crashes with motor vehicles? (Or maybe that's not known?)
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