Balls of Steel that are Unmatched! (OT)


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The Chief

Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 21, 2013 - 10:11am PT
There is no one that can match the intensity nor the courage these dudes exhibit each year. Many have died. But they keep coming back.


Winning is grand but simply finishing and surviving is an accomplishment like nothing else.


Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:24am PT
Is it as fun as kite boarding?

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:25am PT
There have been 239 deaths over the race's history; winning speed is currently an average of 120+mph over the length of the race.


Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:26am PT
I thought this thread was about Barack's inauguration.

I'd agree with that.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:36am PT
I'm speechless!

Trad climber
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:45am PT
I can't even imagine what it takes to do something like this!

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:46am PT
I'd feel safer free soloing.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:47am PT
I can imagine,,, imagine it would take SOMEONE ELSE to ride those rockets...

Wonder if they all lived?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Since they don't let out their frustrations on the Zulus, Boers, or French
any more they still have this outlet.

Cardiff by the sea
Jan 21, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
I couldn't agree more with the thread title!

Trad climber
Nevada City
Jan 21, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
wow. damn.

Trad climber
Jan 21, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Absolutely incredible. I can't even picture myself racing something like that, but I'm glad that such a race exists, and that "normal" (if I'm correct) people are allowed to compete in it.
Thing is, you have to recon the course, and "practice", so you are probably endangering people all througout the year.
Can't imagine onsighting that race !

The Larry

Moab, UT
Jan 21, 2013 - 02:46pm PT

Social climber
Jan 21, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Great video. Thanks, The Chief.

Had a friend who raced there, back in the late 70s. Tom Hurley. He had a Yamaha 350, 2 stroke, water cooled, as I recall, very light and very fast. Before the race, he'd take it out, race around his home-town--no muffler, no lights, no plates. But it was fast enough, and he knew the streets and back-alleys well enough, he could get away if the cops saw him (or heard him!).

He came close to winning in his size race on the Isle of Man, once or twice. Once he ran out of gas, just a half-mile or less shy of finishing first.

He was given the nickname Suicide Hurley by other competitors because, poor as he was, he would ride on stock (rear, at least) drum brakes, which of course would heat up and not work so well after braking hard (from around 200mph to maybe 50 or less) into the curves.

A great friend, fun climbing partner of the old school, not very fit, did not care about ratings or numbers, but utterly fearless, a fun-loving daredevil. He eventually died in the Alps, a careless slip during a bivouac.

Watching that video, now, in 2013, it all looks crazy dangerous. But forty years ago that was the appeal of climbing, too, which was an inherently dangerous sport, and the best climbers were daredevils, who would risk their lives for the sheer fun of it.

Trad climber
East Coast US
Jan 21, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
The Larry's video is way more terrifying.

Northern Mexico
Jan 21, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
In the Ukraine crane climbs you


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 21, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Scary stuff. Have you seen the Romanian motorcycle races? It's not fast, but it's rough. Crazy stuff!

Trad climber
Jan 21, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Been on my bucket list to take in the TT in person. It is such a cool remnant of times past. Great to see a community stand behind the tradition that exists here. Liability be damned.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jan 21, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Good one, TFPU.

Anybody who Free Solos could do this if they wanted to.

It's all in your head, Free Solo or Go Fast.

In climbing you must believe in YOUR SKILLS

In racing you must believe in YOUR SKILLS

When the time comes to race or to climb, you just gotta push the fear of death out of your head and get down to the busness at hand.

And at the TT... the really outragious stuff goes on between the heats when they open up the roads for a while so you can ride to another bar and have somemore beers.

Zoom Zoom

Trad climber
East Coast
Jan 21, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
I posted this clip on Klaus' moto thread. I think you'll like it. How dangerous has the TT race been for spectators?
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