Ever wonder why the world’s best mountain bikers are either from North America or, at the very least, train in North America?
It’s because of rides like this one called the Mieders Alpine Coaster. Here’s the description: “The Alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria is a jaw-dropping, high-speed journey down one of the largest mountains in the area.” It’s easy: take a cable car to the top of the mountain, get into one of the tiny coasters that would look at home on a Hot Wheels Mega Loop Mayhem race track, and then ride the single tram line down the hill. Oh, and don’t bother reaching for the brakes. There aren’t any.
The video below makes this ride seem really fun but it begs the question: why bother building such a long infrastructure when you can just ride a mountain bike downhill? At least a bike will have brakes and you can stray off the beaten track if you want to.
Yeah. The Alpine Coaster may seem impressive judging from this footage, but we here at MTBVT would rather ride a bike any day.