Ride Captain’s Account – Into Da Nang

The best descent had to be the final one of the tour: down the Hi Van pass to Da Nang. Let’s talk first of the road: sweeping switchbacks with amazing views (not that I was taking them in – my eyes where firmly fixed on the road). Warm tarmac and hot tyres made for unlimited grip. With the police escort motorbikes clearing the road, I felt like I was free to plummet as fast as possible.

After overtaking most of the police escort, I tried to pursue the last three motorbikes. Unfortunately, they could see me coming and were able to pull away out of the corners. Corner after corner, my confidence grew. By the end of the steeper slopes, I wasn’t braking, just setting my position, spotting the apex, and riding like I never thought I could.

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