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Offbeat A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia's 'Death Road'

16:25  06 october  2019
16:25  06 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia ´ s 60 km (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing competition, it was a natural extension of a passion she picked up years ago. Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist friend after her son

But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia ´ s 60 km (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing competition, it was a natural extension of a passion she picked up years ago. Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist friend after her son

a man riding a bike down a dirt road: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

By Daniel Ramos

a person standing in a room: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia´s "Death Road" might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels.

a person riding on the back of a bicycle: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

The world´s most dangerous road spirals skyward nearly 11,000 feet, from the country´s lowland jungles to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Fog, rain, rockslides and sheer cliffs are main attractions. The road has likely claimed thousands of lives.

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But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia ´ s 60 km (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing competition, it was a natural extension of a passion she picked up years ago. Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist friend after her son

Bolivia ’ s “ Death Road ” might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels. The world´s most dangerous road spirals skyward nearly 11,000 But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia ’ s 60 kilometer (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing

a man throwing a frisbee: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

But for 70-year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia´s 60 km (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing competition, it was a natural extension of a passion she picked up years ago.

a man riding a bike down a dirt road: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist friend after her son died unexpectedly.

a person in a red shirt standing in front of a window: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

"He told me ... the bike could help me get through my pain, and to rebuild," she said.

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Bolivia ' s " Death Road " might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on 2 wheels.

Bolivia ´ s “ Death Road ” might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels. The world´s most dangerous road spirals skyward nearly 11 Fog, rain, rockslides and sheer cliffs are main attractions. The road has likely claimed thousands of lives. But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha

a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

Saturday´s race was a pinnacle achievement, no pun intended.

a little girl standing in a room: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

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

a person in a pool of water: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

Munoz, one of the race´s founders, says she enjoys more low-key bike-riding with her six grandchildren, though admits she hopes the eldest, now approaching 18, will soon follow in her tracks.

a bicycle with a mountain in the background: Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition© Reuters/David Mercado Mirtha Munoz a 70-year-old runner participates in the Sky Race, Bolivia's toughest cycling competition

(Reporting by Daniel Ramos and Reuters TV, writing by Dave Sherwood, editing by Chris Reese)

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Bolivia ´ s " Death Road " might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels. The world´s most dangerous road spirals skyward nearly 11 Fog, rain, rockslides and sheer cliffs are main attractions. The road has likely claimed thousands of lives. But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha

But for 70 - year old Bolivian Mirtha Munoz, the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia ´ s 60 km (37 mile) Skyrace, an extreme bike racing competition, it was a natural extension of a passion she picked up years ago. Munoz took up biking on the advice of her family and a psychologist friend after her son

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