Video by Raoul Kopacka
Graphics by Andreas Gruber
Music: Das Racist - Ek Shaneesh
Jacob Zurl (26) will attempt to be the first to set a world record for crossing the 517 km (321 miles approx.) Manali-Leh-Highway in India non-stop in under 48 hours - a journey that is usually completed by experienced cyclists in one to two weeks!
The Manali-Leh-Highway, in the Indian States of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir respectively, lies on an average altitude of 4000m (13,100 ft. approx.) and crosses some of the world's highest motorable mountain passes in the world, culminating on the Khardung La at 5359m (17,500 ft approx.).
It is considered as one of the most dangerous roads in the world because the poor surface, the need to cross freezing streams and slush. Also the road is so narrow in places only one vehicle can pass at a time. Added to that is the lack of infrastructure, repair service or inhabited settlements. In addition Jacob will be tackling this at speed and fatigued after long hours in the saddle.
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Start date: August 4th, 2014