As fans of twisty mountain roads, it looks like this Norwegian mountain road near Trollstigen would be an absolute blast. Eskil Ronningsbakken seems to agree, but rather than opting for a Mazda MX-5 Miata or an E30 M3, he tackled the steep, winding fjord road on a bicycle... sitting on the handlebars while riding it backward, no less.

Balance issues alone would spell disaster for us, but Ronningsbakken also had to contend with rain-slicked roads, steep drop offs and passing cars – this is a public road after all. In the video, he describes Trollstigen as being almost three miles long with a 10-percent grade allowing him to reach speeds of close to 50 miles per hour going downhill. And after he reaches the bottom, the brave cyclist turned around (the bike, not himself) to tackle the same route going uphill.

Scroll down for Ronningsbakken's death-defying stunt, and be sure to check out this great stretch of road on the embedded Google Street View below.




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      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      NO WAY is that even close to 50MPH. Too many turns. When I go down the steepest hill I can find on my MT bike (he is riding a MTB too), even in a fully tucked aero position, the max I can reach is about 44 MPH. And it takes a while to get there, no way is this joker coming close to 50 or even 40. His back is like a giant aero sail limiting his terminal speed and he has to slow way down for all the hairpin turns. More like 25 or 30 max. Kind of a dumb video. This is what 50+MPH looks like on an MTB. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXZugEbDzes
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      A challenge but as a road biker, I want to ride that road in the other direction. Suffering is good for your character :-)
      Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't watch the whole video but I didn't see how they were estimating the speed. It's very easy to overestimate speed on a bike.
      rü$╫
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahhh Lindsey sterling what's babe. What a great song.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      This might not be auto related, but I'm sure every auto fan would love to drive a road like that. Being from Eastern Pa, we have no mountains near that big with amazing turns and views. We have some great things, but the grass is definitely greener on the other side! :)
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next time, use one of these! http://goo.gl/R0np6U
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      He seems to be twisting his neck like a camel to see what's ahead. His neck must be pretty sore after this ride.
      Wolfman
      • 1 Year Ago
      all kinds of fake on this video. notice the camera angles, yet no cameras are visible on his bike. also, there are scenes where a vehicle is filming his ride in front, but then a new camera angle shows no vehicle filming. he definitely rode stretches of this road, but it was staged and shot in segments. it's all in the camera angles. also, there is no way in hades he's going anywhere near 50mph. 25 max.
        Ele Truk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wolfman
        That, and the playback is sped up to make it look like he's going faster than he actually is. There's maybe 3 shots in the video that are played back at actual speed, the start, the high angle wide shot, and the end. Everything else is doctored.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this automotive news?
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        It's on a road and cars went past him I guess.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm convinced that all cyclists have something wrong with their brains. Like... the parasite that makes mice attracted to cat urine.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Keep putting war and destructione fueled gasoline in your $10,000-$50,000 rolling coffin like a sane person then..
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another reason cyclist make the rest of the world hate them.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      See you in Darwin Award.
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