Most Dangerous Cycling Routes

Dangerous Cycling Route

Many cyclists like to push the envelope in many different ways.

Depending on your particular skills, you may choose to try and go as fast as possible by stripping down your bike and purchasing the most lightweight frame.

Other cyclists prefer more challenging uphill mountain tracks. The beauty of cycling is that you can optimize your bike for almost any conditions.

For those who want just that little bit of extra thrill out of their rides, we have compiled a list of the most dangerous bike paths in the world.

Keep in mind that these roads are meant for only the most advanced riders, as beginner riders face a serious risk of injury or even death.

Portal Trail, Moab, Utah, USA

Moab is widely known as one of the premiere destinations for exciting bike paths in the United States.

In addition to being an exceedingly advanced bike path, you will find that the Portal Trail is one of the more dangerous areas in which you can bike in Moab. Many other bike paths in Moab are advanced, but this particular trail ups the ante.

Portal Trail, Moab, Utah, USA

The reward for your perseverance through this trail consists of a combination of stunning views and incredible red rock formations that you will find in few other places. So while this trail is dangerous, it is also unique and highly worth the effort.

While some of the bike paths on this route are dangerous simply to up the risk factor, this particular bike path features danger as a secondary aspect in addition to sheer natural beauty.

While it may be a bit out of the way for many of our readers, for those planning on finding the most dangerous bike path in the continental US, you have found it.

Yungas Road, La Paz, Bolivia

This is known as the most dangerous bicycle path in the world and with good reason. The Yungas Road is located just outside of Bolivia's capital, La Paz, but this in no way means that this bike path is any safer. A forty mile long road through the mountains with no guard rail, it is incredibly dangerous.

Yungas Road, La Paz, Bolivia

This road also features some incredible sights of natural wonder, however, which is a bit of a consolation prize for putting your life at risk on this incredibly narrow, winding track. The Yungas road is not only dangerous for cyclists, but for motorists as well.

The road itself is surrounded by makeshift crosses to mark the spots on which travelers have fallen off of the cliffs. It is quite a somber ride, but it is also one of the more exciting, death-defying experiences you can have on a bicycle.


That concludes our list of the most dangerous bike routes in the world. If you are willing to try either of these two routes, your bravery should be lauded. It takes a special kind of confidence in your abilities to accomplish something such as this.

This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:29 pm

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