The Impossible Climb is the craziest competition you've probably never even heard of. Held on the infamously treacherous Andler/Schönberg muddy dirt slope in Belgium, the contest challenges daredevil bikers of all stripes to ride their dirt bikes to the top. The prize? Being able to say that you were the first to ever do it.
Sure, the concept seems simple enough, but as you can see from the above footage from the Impossible Climb back in 2019, this hill climbing contest is like King of the Hill, only throw in the fact that you're basically freestyle rock climbing in motorcycles. Yeah, sounds like the kind of event that's tailormade for someone with a serious death wish.
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According to the description of Impossible Climb Andler, which was held for the 20th time, no one made it to the top of the hill, BUT a Suzuki rider did to pass the finish line with his front wheel. So close, yet so far.
If you want to check out another Impossible Climb contest, the below video is from the 2019 French Hill Climb Championship in the town of Arette in France. These hardcore competitors definitely aren't your average motocross racers, that's for sure.
I mean, if watching plenty of spectacular crashes go down is your jam, then I guess this impossible hill climb thing would be right up your alley. But, I can't imagine it's all that fun for the actual competitors.
I'm sure walking away with a concussion from this contest is as likely as...well, not making it to the top of the hill. Not to mention, broken bones and other serious injuries probably aren't exactly all that rare either. Then again, some people just like to push the limits of what's possible. The classic compulsion of the most hardcore of adrenaline junkies.
Bless those folks. Their willingness to put their bodies on the line does make for some wild footage.
This post was originally published on October 1, 2019.