Fabio Wibmer is quickly making a name for himself as one of the gutsiest riders going.
Last week we saw the young Austrian tear down a downhill mountain-bike track on nothing more than a heavy-duty granny bike, sending it off drops that would be gnarly enough on a full-suspension.
This week, the trials star has upped the ante again, riding his bike across the top of one of Europe's highest dams – Kölnbreinsperre in Austria – which sits an almighty 200m off the ground. Not only is it ridiculously high, the rail is incredibly skinny and the ground worryingly icy – what could possibly go wrong?
As I looked down from the middle of the dam I was so scared and not sure I still wanted to do itFabio Wibmer
Watch the vertigo-inducing video above to see how Fabio fares in this latest stunt, and read below to see what he had to say about it all.
Where did the idea to ride the dam come from?
I had this idea a few months ago when I was looking for new spots to film. I searched for all kinds of different places on Google, and suddenly saw a massive dam. I just thought how awesome it would be to ride across the thin rail on top of the 200m-high dam. I had the idea, searched for the perfect dam and went there with some friends.
Was it as scary as it looks?
When I saw the dam for the first time I couldn't believe my eyes and just thought "holy sh*t". It was way bigger that I'd ever imagined. As I looked down from the middle of the dam I was so scared and not sure I still wanted to do it.
Did you have any safety measures in place?
Yes, otherwise it would have been totally irresponsible. Although I was just secured by one guy and a rope, which wasn't really a safe way to do it.
I'm definitely happy that I didn't need his help, because I don't want to know how it would've ended if something had gone wrong. Clinging with 85kg on a rope held by only one person could have ended up being a very bad situation...
Did you nail it first try?
Unfortunately not. I thought I could make it on the first go, but the strong wind made it really tough. I didn't want to do it more than once, but in the end it took me about seven tries to get to the middle of the dam. I don´t think I´ve ever been so full of adrenaline in my life!
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