Bolivia final edit

Jul 6, 2011 at 12:09
by Marco Toniolo  

Bolivia 2011 on pinkbike.com


Take a beer and enjoy the full edit of the Bolivia trip<br><br>The final episode of our Rock Shox Experience in Bolivia. This time I will show you around the probably craziest city in the world, La Paz. If you get there by plane, you will land at 4200 meters and this will definitely take your breath away. Alone bringing your bags to your hotel room will get you out of breath, and don't even think of a quite sleep unless you are coming directly from Nepal and you are used to the lack of oxygen. Not too bad after all, there are some good places you can hang around in town and the cabs are so cheap you can go clubbing the whole night and even make it back to your hotel, if you remember the name of the place where you live...
  Take a beer and enjoy the full edit of the Bolivia trip

The final episode of our Rock Shox Experience in Bolivia. This time I will show you around the probably craziest city in the world, La Paz. If you get there by plane, you will land at 4200 meters and this will definitely take your breath away. Alone bringing your bags to your hotel room will get you out of breath, and don't even think of a quite sleep unless you are coming directly from Nepal and you are used to the lack of oxygen. Not too bad after all, there are some good places you can hang around in town and the cabs are so cheap you can go clubbing the whole night and even make it back to your hotel, if you remember the name of the place where you live...


Organization by Gravitybolivia.com
  Still, you try to remember why you are here and when the sun hits La Paz you can't NOT remind that: the city was built on steep mountains with an incredible view on Mt. Illimani. If you are a mountain biker, you need to hit the trails around there, it does not matter what you have been doing the night before. With Alistair of gravitybolivia.com as the organizer, we were quite sure we would not miss a day in the mountains, with or without hangover.

Our favorite trail is called Ima, an epic path with exposed parts and incredible parts on small ridges, narrow canyons and huge holes you need to bunny hop (or walk around) not to die. Even non-riders are quite impressed of this trail, take a look to this video broadcasted by a Japanese TV that Rob J (yes, the guy of the huge peruvian gap ) took of Rene Wildhaber 2 years ago and edited by Joe Schwartz, when we were in Bolivia the first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7oRNlWtAZw



Organization by Gravitybolivia.com
  In NWD6 you could watch the Gracia segment that was shot on this trail.

La Paz has not only the Ima trail, we enjoyed many different rides all in a 90 minutes car drive from our hotel, I posted some photos here to show them to you. If you want to watch the full Bolivian experience just click on the video above. I'd like to say two words about it: it's not a DH or dirt jump video. As the name says, this was a mountain bike travel experience that I bet nearly all of you would like.



Organization by www.gravitybolivia.com
  Sahama trail at sunset



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  Illimani background



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  Close to Sahama, Bolivia's highest mountain



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  Our camping site at the bottom of Sahama. The night was f*****g cold!



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   Rude awakenings



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  Sahama was a volcano in the past



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  Jerome warming up in the morning



Organization by Gravitybolivia.com
  Close to La Paz



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  Digging at altitude



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  Narrow trail



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  Flirting with the ladies...

Thanks for reading and watching. My next trip is not going to be so exotic, it's only Canada ;-) (kidding, love that place, see you in Whistler!)
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35 Comments

  • + 6
 Thats such an awesome trip, mountain, trails, nature and the local community, it makes an unique experience for life...totally different from our daily dh trails... Worth it every second there!!!! Such as Whistler is unmissable at least once in life, I also recommend Bolivia and Peru!!
  • + 2
 Loved these write ups!
"save picture as..."
  • + 3
 Ecxelent data, sick shots, beautiful place to ride..


Mis vecinos bolivianos deberian estar muy orgullosos de lo que tienen, tal vez la vida ahi sea dura, pero esto es america latina, desde playas caribeñas hasta los desolados parajes sureños de Argentina en Tierra del Fuego, desiertos como el de Atacama en Chile y selvas tropicales como la de Brazil y Colombia.


TODO PARA TODOS!
  • + 6
 Awesome location, That is a once in a lifetime biking trip...WOW
  • + 6
 VOY = Video of the Year!!!!!
  • + 5
 one POD two POD three POD four ..... OMG !
  • + 5
 I would love to take a trip like this with some friends!
  • + 2
 this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience...I would have loved to ride in those places Amazing just doesn't do justice to this experience
  • + 4
 but I am a professional rider, so i changed the wheel. not the tire. WIN.
  • + 3
 loved that Razz and what an ace video, the scenery is wicked, thanks for the vid/ article!
  • + 4
 extraordinar
  • + 2
 Yes!! Finally you guys go to the place where i was born Smile I never even knew there were bike trails up there I figured I would have to go trailblazing in the mountains :p Hope you guys had a blast and go back soon because i am! Smile
  • + 1
 Amazing video, epic scenery, must be hard work with hardly any air to breath though!!?. Love the YouTube clip too, some of the audience reactions are well funny.
  • + 2
 enyone knows the reggae song in the begining?
  • + 1
 longas dias (or something like that) by we&dem, for free on www.jamendo.com
  • + 2
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW6l-PvdDUk

We & dem-Largos dias

Thanx bredda!
  • + 2
 Warning: Video contains seriously inspiring footage.
  • + 1
 Amazing pictures! One will definitely wind up as POD. Anybody know if the blue bike is a remedy or a scratch?
  • + 1
 in this case scratch...but Rene has also a Remedy in this paint scheme
  • + 2
 That's how bro's should roll, amazing, trip and adventure together WOW.
  • + 2
 I have never before seen so many POD's in only one article!
  • + 2
 Beautiful places! And awesome ride)
  • + 0
 Nice vid, man. Very nice vid. I want to do something similar across Europe, maybe the Alps. Just for fun. Anyway, epic place to ride, Bolivia.
  • + 2
 perfect...
  • + 2
 sickkkkk
  • + 1
 this is so sick it would be such a cool trip to go on !!
  • + 1
 awesomely amazing trip!! love those pics...kewl!!
  • + 1
 love it when the are on top of the clouds
  • + 1
 VOY = Video of the Year!!!!! ²
  • + 1
 Awesome trip, great pictures, even better video!
  • + 1
 HD version of the video, please!!!!
  • + 2
 Truly amazing!!!!!
  • + 1
 Change the wheel, not the tyre :-D
  • + 1
 ohh..my dream..

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