The 70-year-old took up cycling on the advice of her family and a psychologist to help her cope with a family tragedy. After the unexpected death of her son, Mirtha Munoz has cycled more and more and sees the extreme Skyrace just as a natural progression of her passion.
At 70, Mirtha Munoz is the oldest ever competitor in Bolivia’s 37 mile bike race on the world’s most dangerous road https://t.co/GVJyVJG0Xv pic.twitter.com/xsRyU6Mzq9
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 7, 2019
“He (the psychologist) told me… the bike could help me get through my pain, and to rebuild,” she said to Reuters.
Overcoming the fog, rockslides and cliffs of the ‘Death Road’, however, isn’t Munoz’s idea of a perfect ride.
“It’s a vertical climb, you go up and up and there’s no rest,” she admitted after finishing the race.
She rather enjoys cycling in the company of her 6 grandchildren. So, hats off to your achievement, Mirtha, and we wish you and your family many more happy rides.