70-year biking grandmother conquers ‘Death Road’

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It might seem like a strange place for a grandmother, Bolivia´s “Death Road”, after all its name kind of hints at how dangerous it is…


This grandmother, on two wheels, is cycling on a road that is nearly 11,000 feet from the country’s jungles below, up to the snowy peaks of the Andes.

The magnificent and main attractions are rockslides, fog and rain, not to mention the sheer drop cliffs too, the road itself has claimed many thousands of lives, we don’t know exactly how many though!

Mirtha Munoz is Bolivian, being the oldest in the competition, she is 70-years-old, she is still up for the Bolivian 60 km (37 miles) Skyrace, an extreme bike race, it’s a complete passion for her.


Mirtha originally started biking because her family said she should, then and advice of a psychologist friend after her son died quite unexpectedly, she needed it!

She said:

“He told me … the bike could help me get through my pain, and to rebuild”

“It´s a vertical climb, you go up and up and there´s no rest,” she told Reuters upon finishing the race.”


Mirtha is one of the founders of the race and she says that she enjoys a much more relaxing bike ride with her six grandchildren, however, she hopes that the eldest, nearly 18, will follow in her tracks, literally!