Since the opening of the bypass, some local truck traffic still travels the road, but today most of the traffic seems to be of the two-wheeled, bike variety. Though the death toll has dropped dramatically with the opening of the new road, an estimated 20 cyclists have died on the ride since the first rider made the descent about 12 years ago. What is the attraction of riding about 40 miles down a mountainside, with the knowledge of the 600m cliff at your left for nearly the whole time??? Well, for one thing, the scenery, when you dare to look up, is absolutely breathtaking. With views down the valley appearing out of the mist, it really does require concentration to avoid possibly deadly distractions. But much like bungee jumping, motorcycle racing, or skydiving, it's mostly perhaps just an adrenalin producing whacky sport with an undeniable draw to a certain subset of the population. I guess the Bravo team lives with one foot in that subset!!!
|Backboaards on support wagons got our attention|
|Cindi in fine form staying near the head of the pack|
|Cross marks the spot where a rider went over the edge 3 years ago|
|Sign said bikes to the left, so vehicles hug the cliff...Uhhhhh....I think NOT!!!|