Death Wish: Riding as close as possible to a 400-foot cliff

Whatever you do, dont fall left -- and skip windy days when riding this line

Just so you know, there is an easier line on this trail.

Just so you know, there is an easier line on this trail (click to enlarge).

Some people will do anything for a little attention. In the case of pro riders Nate Hills and Kyle Mears, it’s riding their bikes as close as possible to the edge of the ~400 foot cliff that borders Moab, Utah’s famed Gold Bar Rim trail. Hills’ advice to any would-be copycats: Don’t even think of falling left and don’t ride these lines in the wind. Ya think…

Press play and pucker up.

And for an added bonus, watch the same pair rip the lower section of the Portal trail, which Hills calls, “The roughest sustained downhill section in Moab.” No argument here.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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