Bicyclist straps on GoPro, rides down abandoned 1984 Olympic bobsled track in Bosnia

Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-24 10:56:44-04

This bicyclist decided to do something different and attempt to ride down the abandoned bobsled track from the 1984 Olympics in Bosnia.

Chris Thompson, who lives in San Piero A Grado, Italy, posted a YouTube video showing his mountain bike run down the crumbling track at speeds of nearly 40 mph, according to UPI.

He wrote in a Reddit post that he examined the track ahead of time – but at one point he narrowly avoids a collision with a female hiker at a point where the track is 45 feet above the ground.

“The first couple of runs I used a ton of brake. By my 5th or 6th run I was only using brake if I was coming into a turn to fast,” Thompson wrote on Reddit. “I think with a little practice, the track could be ridden with no brake and speeds upwards of 80km/h [50 mph] could be reached.”