Risking death for thrills in Colombia – BBC News

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Risking death for thrills in Colombia – BBC News

“Gravity biking” is a popular extreme sport in the United States, involving riding specially-adapted pushbikes down steep roads.

An even more extreme version has become popular among young men in poor neighbourhoods of Medellín, Colombia, who risk their lives on the mountain city’s vertiginous highways, usually without helmets or protective clothing.

Marlon has lost two friends to crashes and recently nearly died himself. He faces a dilemma: whether or not to continue following a passion he knows could kill him.

Video journalist: Megan Janetsky. Producers: Eleanor Layhe, Simon Maybin and Jorge Caraballo.

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  1. Motocross, Skiing/Snowboarding, Big Wave Surfing, and Downhill Mountain Biking are all much more dangerous than this baby sport. This shit is weak, step it up Columbia.

  2. I'm sorry but can't they just do the same thing on pushbikes? I don't get why this is so dangerous… Its kids going down hills on bikes… hasn't this been done for years. What makes this different? Cause a few people have died. What about the countless people who have died on pushbikes over the years? I don't see anyone crying out for change with those deaths. We don't report that. I have a tattoo on my arm of a friend who was hit by a car on his bike and died at 19, but some how THIS is newsworthy. I thought maybe they don't have breaks or something hence the gravity bike name, but then I saw one with a brake… so its not that. I don't get it. It's just kids being kids except in a more dangerous environment. Probably more treacherous roads and stuff. But still…

  3. Just wear a helmet u smart pant.. smeh. Who said to stop what u like… just take steps..use a helmet for god sake. Thats all u need ..atleast it would stop these fatalities to atleast small percent… sometime its common sense that u need more than courage.

  4. Hey lil homie please chill out and quit that mad sport. You have already done it and way more than once so you have nothing to prove to nobody , it seems all your waiting on is trouble now and the rush u get from that is not worth hurting and worrying your wonderful mother right bro. Please stop , I am praying for you young fella. Your already loved and now you should quit so your truly respected.

  5. The Norwegian underworld is trying to block the progress of myself, Amy Knorr in sending information to the government by blocking my internet server, draining batteries, blocking charges, and blocking email. The Norwegian underworld is monitoring my computer usage in corroboration with the progress of the FBI and investigations that could end in prosecution.

    Juliet Joslin and possibly the Norwegian underworld are working together on a plan to halt a major endeavor of the extended Royal Plantagenet / Gucci family, regarding the actual plans for "Roslyn's Vineyards" set to coincide with the NYC vocational proposals for the revamped United Nations, Andy Warhol's project and Sally Knorr's project.

    Not only a picturesque location, Roslyn's Vineyards is the home of hops farms and the making of wine by the inventor of wine, champagne by the inventor of champagne, the brewing of beer by the inventor of beer, as well as the making of liquor to market internationally. The island would have a bar with home made alcoholic beverages only. This in the lovely design of Roslyn McCarthy.

    Moet and Chandon champagne was stolen from Marie Antoinette, bloodline inventor.

    The businesses involving core family members would be lucrative enough to maintain stability and financial security.

    Bed and Breakfast Inns are included in the prospects.

    Juliet Joslin is behind the fraudulent counterfeit "Martha's Vineyards".

    The actual identity of Nancy Wilson of Heart was stolen by Polita Barnes and Juliet Joslin. Falsely attributed to the model, the remaining identity in the "Threat of Joy" video by the Strokes, is the actual appearance of Nancy Wilson. Please refer to the Identification Grade National Etchings of Nancy Wilson prior to the 19th century.

    Britney Spears feigns Cleopatra I and the blonde v.2 appearance of Amy Knorr in this lifetime if plans to marry Julian Casablancas held.

    Stevie Nicks feigns the actual appearance of Britney Spears when pertaining to her Soulmate.

    Nancy Wilson feigns the actual appearance of Stevie Nicks, bloodline mother of Britney Spears.

    Polita Barnes feigns the Nancy Wilson actual appearance in the Threat of Joy model composite as if herself.

    Juliet Joslin corresponds to the composite of Polita Barnes and uses Nancy Wilson in her reprised Cynthia Nixon appearance.

    Ironically, Polita Barnes is able to feign Sally Knorr without recognition by feigning Nancy Wilson. Polita Barnes has displaced Sally Knorr in her generation dynamic.

    Juliet Joslin feigns Sally Knorr as a child using Megan Sanderson to create an adult out of the idea.

    Polita Barnes stole the real mental make-up and appearance of post Rudolf MacLeod Amy Knorr and Juliet Joslin stole Mind's Eye of Amy Knorr whilst babysitting Amy Knorr in New Paltz via reperception. Juliet as Julia Brody.

    Jen McCarthy Mons feigns the broken down Amy Knorr that remains.  In addition, Mons feigns Amy Knorr at Mind's Eye as if actually in an "over with state".

    In 1993, Jen McCarthy Mons had Julian Casablancas reperceive Amy Knorr's appearance as it would change after romantic involvement with her Soulmate, onto Jens herself. Amy Knorr's lips were reperceived onto Jen McCarthy Mons.

    The underworld family members of Amy Knorr, believe that Amy Knorr is guilty of the underworld crimes committed by Jen McCarthy Mons, Polita Barnes, Juliet Joslin and  Lisa Bullock. Amy Knorr  is not an underworld operative. Amy Knorr is not guilty.

    The family members in the underworld are working in an arena with Jen McCarthy Mons, Juliet Joslin, Polita Barnes and Lisa Bullock as the cornerstones. This arena was premeditated and pre-patterned as the "fallguy zone". Family members in the underworld cannot perceive their operations with credibility, if these operatives are not functional. The purpose of these operatives, Mons, Joslin, Barnes, Bullock, is to ensure that family members in the underworld take the fall while thinking that all is well. The motive is to end a trail of information.

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  7. To be fair they could make it a lot safer by wearing protective gear, I didnt see much in the way of helmets there, if you are moving above a certain speed, wear something to keep yourself safe if you come off.

  8. Por Dios , estos corresponsales extranjeros siempre muestran cosas que no le aportan nada a nuestro país , noticias que no buscan nada que engrandezca nuestra nación .
    Solo novedades pintorescas que para ellos son de burla. Mostrando lo poco avanzados que somos los latinos, según sus crónicas.

  9. When I was growing up, if my parents told me not to do something, and I did it anyway, I got my dad's leather belt on my butt. A little pain needs to be associated with that behavior in order to stop it from re occurring, or else the little brat is gonna end up splattered on the grill of a semi truck.

  10. These teenage thrill seekers need to be on a shooting range having shooting contests, instead of doing this stupid , dangerous, no brain cell in their skull, nonsense. They took their guns and the safe hobby of target shooting from them and then they wonder why little Jose is trying to kill himself on a bicycle.

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