Our amazing Himalayan adventure is over but the memories will linger on long after all the mountain dust has been washed off both us and the riders. You could follow The Catching Breath project for months while we slowly revealed the pieces all the way to the final, record-breaking ride you could see here. Four daring athletes on bikes were sent by ŠKODA and We Love Cycling to partake in a race all the way up to the Khardung La pass (5,359 meters above sea level) and to break the standing 2012 record for this 40km jaw-clenching ride with a steady 5-per-cent gradient. Below you’ll find some candid snaps from behind the scenes and of the stunning landscape we were surrounded by and the city of Leh that served as the race’s starting point. Enjoy the gallery and don’t forget to visit other articles from the Catching Breath series.