A truly breathtaking video has captured the moment an off-road cyclist traversed the virtually vertical rock face of the world’s most dangerous trail, before turning around to make a return journey.
Polish rider Michal Kollbek was filmed in his gravity-defying stunt, as he made his way over the famous White Line in Sedona — a vertiginous route carved into a vertical rock in Arizona.
The thrilling one-minute footage was taken by a drone flying overhead and captured Kollbek, as he was gradually making his way along the path, with Red Rock State Park visible in the background. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park.
2. The 30-year-old Polish cyclist was captured riding across this almost-vertical cliff in a video filmed using a drone.
The video shows Kollbek going all the way across the rock face, then turning and riding all the way back, finishing his trip without any issues.
This is not the first time Kollbek, 30, has performed an extreme stunt. The Polish rider has previously won a number of downhill racing titles.
Kollbek claimed that he tried his latest breathtaking stunt because he just happened to be in the area.
In preparation for the ride, the Polish rider had to let air out of his tires to improve their grip on the rocky face.
Kollbek then adjusted the suspension on the bike’s frame and raised his saddle. He then walked the route to create a mental map of what he was about to face.
3. Kollbek, 30, has had practice with this sort of stunt before after claiming numerous downhill racing titles.
4. In the one-minute clip, the rider traverses the seemingly impossible route of the White Line before making his way back again.
Kollbek told The Huffington Post:
I live for thrills like this, and I would have tackled this line whether it was filmed or not.
The drone was a bonus, and [videographer Marshall Mullen] did a great job capturing the moment. However, it’s not for everyone, so I strongly advise inexperienced riders against trying this line.
Conquering this ride was all mentalI was confident with my skills and knew I could execute it. The key was to block the out the scary thoughts about the potential danger, so I just focused on the trail and not on the terrifying space around me.
5. A biker risks his life, traversing the White Line trail.
Set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Red Rocks, Sedona is famed for its arts community.
Close to 100 art galleries have made their home in the main town and every year the Sedona International Film Festival and Sedona Jazz Festival are held in the town.
Apart from its bustling bohemian culture, Sedona also attracts mountain bikers, off-roaders and hikers.
6. The best place to ride a bike! (Image: Imgur.)
About 12,000 people make their home in Sedona, nestled among 19 square miles of breathtaking red rocks that resemble a Martian landscape.
Located a 100 miles north of Phoenix (a 90-minute drive), the town itself is perched 4,500 feet above sea level, in an area of mixed mountain and desert climates.
Many Sedona residents are artistic, spiritual types and the town economy is based around the fascinating scenery and nearby Native American ruins.
7. After the stunt, the cyclist said: “I live for thrills like this, and I would have tackled this line whether it was filmed or not”.
Source: The Huffington Post.
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