Insane cyclist rides down wet mountain road at 50 mph… backward

5 Dec

As fans of twisty mountain roads, it looks like this Norwegian mountain road near Trollstigen would be an absolute blast. Eskil Ronningsbakken seems to agree, but rather than opting for a Mazda MX-5 Miata or an E30 M3, he tackled the steep, winding fjord road on a bicycle… sitting on the handlebars while riding it backward, no less.

Balance issues alone would spell disaster for us, but Ronningsbakken also had to contend with rain-slicked roads, steep drop offs and passing cars – this is a public road after all. In the video, he describes Trollstigen as being almost three miles long with a 10-percent grade allowing him to reach speeds of close to 50 miles per hour going downhill. And after he reaches the bottom, the brave cyclist turned around (the bike, not himself) to tackle the same route going uphill.

Scroll down for Ronningsbakken’s death-defying stunt, and be sure to check out this great stretch of road on the embedded Google Street View below.


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