The story was something like, a Kiwi Missionary called Alistair discovered a country that had never even heard of a mountain bike despite having some of the best trails in the world. He felt duty bound to convert them to the true faith no matter how many exciting years it might take nor how many gorgeous miles he must ride to do so. Hence Gravity was born.
The result is that if it's fat tyre fun and it's in Bolivia then it's Gravity. And they do know how to have fun :-). To start, there is the road route that roadies fear to ride - the World's Most Dangerous Road. 20 miles of vehicle width dirt track that descends 6,300ft in under 3 hours. Oh, and as it's the main route NE out of La Paz, it also has big trucks going both up and down all day and night! Including some very picturesque tarmac before hand, the day's ride actually drops you 11,0000ft over 6 hours (with plenty of breaks for rest, picnics, Kodak moments, etc.). A very unusual day out indeed.
Due to the energetic political protests going on in the area, Alistair decided it would be unwise for me to do the 'lost in the wilderness' tour I had originally booked. Not dangerous but just that a few days might become a week due to road blocks and he could not guarantee I would catch my flight back! Instead, he took me on a series of day rides around La Paz itself. Basically, driving up to one of the (many) ridges and cruising back down to the valley floor approx 4,000ft below! Then driving back up and doing it all again, of course :-).
Big Thanks! to Alistair, Axel, Sylvia, JJ, Kory and all at Gravity for a week that was significantly more fun than being stuck in the office back home :-).
If you should ever find yourself wandering South America, then pop over to Bolivia and give Gravity a call. They will put a grin on your face for sure!
PS: A number of the pictures on this page are courtesy of Gravity. That includes all the WMDR ones and most of the race day shots (and any other image that has me in it!). Part of the Gravity service is to make sure you have a record of your daring doos without worrying about how to take pictures mid-hurtle :-). Thankyou, Gravity!