Thrill rides derive thrill through speed and height. It has been a tried-and-tested formula since thrill rides were invented. However, as it turns out, thrill does not required speed as proven by Sky Cycle, a “thrill ride” at Washuzan Highland’s Brazilian Park in Kurashiki-city, Okayama, Japan.
Sky Cycle is possibly the world’s slowest “roller coaster” because, as its name kinda hinted, it is essentially tandem bicycles in side-by-side configuration on a roller coaster track. And what do you do with a bicycle? That’s right. You pedal and in the case of Sky Cycle, you will be pedaling your way across a roller coaster track.
Being pedal-powered, it is pretty much as fast as you can pedal – that’s if your knees haven’t gone weak doing so on a roller coaster track at a height of 16 meters (52.5 feet). To be perfectly honest, my legs have gone jelly just imagining the prospect.
If you think the High Roller atop of the Stratosphere Tower in Vegas was thrilling, then you probably haven’t try pedaling your way through a coaster on a rather flimsy looking contraption 4-storey above ground. That, folks, is another kind of thrill that does not need extreme heights or speeds to get your heart racing.
Sure, the view is spectacular as we can see from the photos and because it is a very slow ride, you will be able to enjoy the picturesque view more than you could on a thrill ride going at over 100 mph. But, that’s only provided if you can even get over the fact that there is only a lone, loose safety belt between you and the ground below.
Anyways, if you think you have tried it all as far as thrill rides go, then perhaps you may want to give Sky Cycle a go if you are in Japan the next time.
Get a feel of how slow this terrifying thrill ride is in a short clip below.
Source: Oddity Central.