No one can deny that mountain biking is a gnarly sport in its own right.
However, when you throw in four-inch singletracks overlooking 2000ft drops with loose terrain, tree roots and boulders the size of small houses, it starts to enter a whole new levels of sketchy.
We’ve scoured the globe for the most dangerous, technical mountain bike trails around – from the treacherous roads of Bolivia to the Atlantic cliff tops of Ireland.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Utah alone could practically fill the entire rundown alone! We have just selected a few of the sketchiest trails we’ve come across.
So, will you be avoiding them or adding them to your bucket list?
Yungas Road, La Paz, Bolivia
Back in 1995, the Yungas Road was officially entitled the most dangerous road in the world. An average of 200 to 300 travellers die here each year – including 18 cyclists since 1998.
It’s made up 43-mile single track road leads from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia with 2000ft cliff drops and no guard rail.
Combine this with heavy rain in monsoon season and risk of rockfalls in summer, and you’ve got one sketchy road!
Why is it so popular with mountain bikers? Well, there’s a glorious 40 mile stretch of solely downhill riding with only a tiny uphill part.
If this isn’t enough to scare the bejeezus out of you, then try the Ayma trail near La Paz. Check it out in the video below – just ignore the terrible music and focus on the insane terrain!