A bike race up a surface so steep no motorcyclist has made it up.
I can only guess the reason: they’ve limited engines to 125CC or something like that.
Or physics and gravity.
The so-called “impossible climb”, starts out as rough gravel and then switches over to a washboard of rough cliff face designed to throw riders off and send them and their bikes tumbling back down to the base of the hill. It’s not the angle of attack that’s the problem, according to most riders, but the sudden change of ride surface that makes keeping control of the bike and reaching the top so damn hard. Some fly off their bike early during the climb, while others get painfully close the the finish line, but in the end they all succumb to the power of gravity before reaching their goal.
Despite gathering the most talented dirt bikers in Europe at the start line every year, the Andler Hillclimb has so gar remained unconquered. The closest one to succeed was a Suzuki bike rider who once reportedly crossed the finish line with the front wheel before tumbling back down the slope like the rest of the competitors. Sadly, his achievement didn’t count as a valid climb, as the entire bike and its rider must make it atop the hill.
With so many riders having failed to conquer the Andler Hillclimb over the last 20 years, why are people still people still trying every year? Why not just call the climb impossible and be done with it? Well, I imagine it has something to do with the bragging rights? Can you imagine what it much be like being the very first dirt biker to reach the top of this infamous hill?
In case you want to try your luck, or if you simply want to see the hill chew up and spit out dozens of daredevils, this year’s event is scheduled for August.