They say the key to overcoming fear is all in your head.
That's how Marks "Max" Stöckl overcame the speed record for mountain biking — his head being encased in a carbon-fiber, aerodynamic helmet to help him attain a mind-boggling 104 mph.
That’s not to say Max wasn’t a nervous about zooming down the 13,123-foot rock mountain in Chile, which was a 45 degree pitch of loose gravel. Watch above and you can feel his trepidation, and witness his first words when landing: “I want to see my family.”
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So yeah, he was scared. But he rips it up in 11 seconds.
“It’s hard to reach top speed,” he explains in the video. “After 160, each km/h is a huge effort. If you want to reach a certain goal then you have to put it all in.”
It wasn’t his first record-breaking ride: he broke the same record in Austria in 1999, and again recently in on the volcanic slopes in western Nicaragua.
Let's hope it doesn't get to his head, eh?