A daredevil had quite the support team on hand for his “experiment” off Bolivia’s so-called “Death Road.”
For the stunt — to base jump from a bike off a cliff from what’s been called “the world’s most dangerous road” — the biker, identified only as Annon, had “logistical support, rescue support and medical contingencies.”
As you might expect, Annon ended up needing all three. Still, the daredevil’s injuries were surprisingly minor, compared to what they could have been and considering the road’s nickname.
“…yes, it’s as stupid as it sounds,” the Vimeo video title put it.
If you take a look at the point-of-view footage of his bike-launched jump, you’ll understand why organizers were so pleased about the small extent of his injuries. Here’s the shorter 38-second version:
“Unfortunately the jump didn’t go quite as well as planned as you will see in the video, however I am pleased to report that owing to all the advance rescue and medical support preparations we were able to extract the ‘crasher’ quickly, and he suffered only minor injuries, specifically as he puts it: ‘a broken arse, fractures in his forearm and cut tendons in his knee,’” Allistair Matthew with Gravity Bolivia wrote in the Vimeo description of the video.
In the video, the stunt is quoted as being “a fairly stupid idea…gone mildly wrong.”
This longer version shows more footage of the jump site, preparations and post-stunt rescue:
Matthew wrote that there is in fact a “more sane way to tackle the Bolivian Death Road,” videos of which are provided on Gravity Bolivia’s website.
Death Road, formally named Yungas Road, features a 11,800-foot descent for mountain bikers taking the traditional path (not base jumping off of it). It takes riders from snow-covered mountains down to the jungle.