World’s first BMX salt park 3,600m above sea level in Bolivia

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Venezuelan star Dhers flies off ramps at Uyuni Salt Flats.

Daniel Dhers has made a long career out of breaking new ground on a BMX bike and his 2016 trip to Bolivia was another feather in his cap as he rode the world’s first BMX salt park.

Here is all you need to know:

– The famous Uyuni Salt Flats, situated in a high altitude desert, provided the perfect setting for this BMX project.

– Known as Dalí’s desert because of their aesthetic views, the Salar de Uyuni stand 3,600m above sea level where the atmospheric pressure decreases and results in a blood oxygen shortage due to the great height.

– The salt flats are the world’s largest with a surface of 10,582km2 and are visible from space, making them an ideal location for NASA’s satellite calibration.

– Locals from the Bolivian town of Colchani helped Dhers build the ramps designed by John Saxton with salt bricks and a secret mix created to smooth them out.

– Flat horizon, hostile weather and high altitude challenged veteran Dhers, who pushed his limits to perform his tricks in a short production time.

– The X Games gold medallist said: “I would make a line in the Salt Park and would stop for five minutes to catch my breath again. It was really hot during the day and, when the sun was covered by a cloud, I was freezing.”

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