Bolivia’s “Death Road” might seem a strange spot for a septuagenarian grandma on two wheels.
The planet’s most dangerous road spirals skyward nearly 11,000 ft, from the nation’s lowland jungles into the south-west peaks of the Andes. Fog, rain, rockslides, and sheer cliffs are principal attractions. The street has probably claimed tens of thousands of lives.
However, for 70-year older Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the earliest ever competition in Bolivia’s 60 kilometers (37 miles) Skyrace, an intense bike racing contest, it was a natural expansion of a fire she picked up decades back.
Munoz took up biking on the recommendation of her loved ones along with also a psychologist friend after her son died suddenly.
“He informed me… the bicycle may help me get through my pain, and also to reconstruct,” she explained.
“It’s a vertical rise, you move up and up, and there’s no break,” she told Reuters upon completing the race.
Munoz, among those race’s creators, says she loves more low-key bike-riding together with her grandchildren, although admits she expects that the eldest, now coming 18, will shortly follow in her paths.