Over the past month, cycling has been everywhere in the news.
The Tour de France ended a couple of weeks ago, and with Olympic road cycling, BMX and mountain biking all either taking place in the near future or already finished, you might be itching to get on your bike and ride.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your cycling routine, you’re in luck: We’ve collected a handful of the craziest bike courses from around the world for you to admire.
As we reported on Tuesday, Red Bull recently decided to take BMX pro Daniel Dhers to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and build him a BMX park completely out of salt bricks.
The park was the first-ever BMX park built only out of salt, and held up surprisingly well as Dhers ripped through it, throwing tailwhips with ease amid a dreamlike backdrop.
And if the surreal white hues of the park and the awe-inspiring views of distant Bolivian mountains aren’t enough to take your breath away, then the altitude of the park will be: It’s located nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, which forced Dhers to catch his breath multiple times while riding.
If high-altitude Bolivian salt flats aren’t your cup of tea, then perhaps underground Colombian salt mines are more your style?
In January, Red Bull took mountain biking pro Marcelo Gutiérrez back to his native Colombia to tear through what they say is the world’s first-ever underground downhill mountain biking course in a salt mine.
The harrowing course navigates narrow mining tunnels and has very technical features, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but if you are able to get down it in one piece, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the famed Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.
This might not technically be a bike course, but if you’re as talented on a mountain bike as Danny MacAskill, the world is your playground.
In December, GoPro posted a short clip of MacAskill launching between colorful rooftops in the city of Las Palmas on the Spanish territory island of Gran Canaria.
The clip showcased MacAskill’s incredible balance and bravery as he rode along narrow perches high above the city before clearing huge gaps and sending it off a ramp into the Atlantic Ocean.
Sure, you might not be able to replicate MacAskill’s line, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
Well, it won’t exactly be the longest ride of your life, but it sure as hell will be thrilling.
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