Nightline to cover mountain biking tonight

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  1. Del

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    Watch the story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET

    Three miles above sea level in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia feels like the top of the world. But it's hard to savor the surroundings when your lungs are gasping for air and the morning cold is rattling your bones.

    "Some of you may not have seen one of these for a while. This is called a bicycle," says New Zealander Alistair Matthew in his deeply accented, deeply-ironic voice. "We're gonna run through some basic techniques."

    Fourteen intrepid adventurers listen intently as Matthew offers safety tips and riding instructions. The group has been up since before sunrise for the bus ride from Bolivia's capital, La Paz, to La Cumbre, a mountain pass almost 16,000 feet above sea level. Most are in their 20s and 30s, and from the United States. Canada, Europe, Australia and are all pumped for what they hope will be the ride of a lifetime down the World's Most Dangerous Road.

    Full story and some video at: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=4120791&page=1



     

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  2. SPINTECK

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    Nice. Good find- hope someone youtubes it.
     
  3. Prettym1k3

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    I hope so, too. I've gotta' go from Job #1 to Job #2 in about 30 minutes here.

    On a side note, I don't think I'd do that. Number 1, is this a fire road all the way? Or is there single track in the mix? And Number 2, give me a frickin' parachute because I'm bad enough I'd ride ride off the edge of that mountain.
     
  4. Spero

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    I was very close to working with them about a year and a half ago. It's still gnawing at the back of my mind so I'll have to do it at some point.
     
  5. trailhacker

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    To paraphrase;
    ..."she had been complaining about her brakes not working right all day... she basicly went straight off the corner and fell 800 feet to her death..."
    I'm thinking I wouldn't have ridden the bike one foot farther all things considered?
     
  6. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    That was quite interesting , just wish it was longer


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  7. Del

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    The more people who are exposed to biking the better so at least the sport is getting mainstream coverage.