LA PAZ – Bolivia´s “Death Road” may sound an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels.
The world´s most dangerous freeway spirals skyward virtually 11,000 ft, from the nation´s lowland jungles to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Fog, rain, rockslides and sheer cliffs are important factors of curiosity. The freeway has in all probability claimed a whole bunch of lives.
But for 70-year earlier Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia´s 60 km (37 miles) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing rivals, it was a pure extension of an ardor she picked up years prior to now.
Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist buddy after her son died unexpectedly.
“He told me … the bike could help me get through my pain, and to rebuild,” she said.
Saturday´s race was a pinnacle achievement, no pun meant.
“It´s a vertical climb, you go up and up and there´s no rest,” she instructed Reuters upon ending the race.
Munoz, certainly one of many race´s founders, says she enjoys further low-key bike-riding alongside along with her six grandchildren, though admits she hopes the eldest, now approaching 18, will shortly adjust to in her tracks.