In Okayama, Japan, a Brazilian-themed amusement park has been thrilling punters for years with a pedal-powered rollercoaster that is both slow and terrifying at the same time.
Slow and terrifying? How is that even possible you may be asking yourself right about now…
Let me explain.
Whereas some rollercoasters are scary because of their fast turns, stomach-churning loops and gut-wrenching drops, the SkyCycle is terrifying for entirely different reasons.
Imagine pedalling your own way along a rusty narrow track about 15 metres above the ground on a hill with only a thin strip of fabric – your “seatbelt” – standing in the way between you and certain death.
That’s the SkyCycle experience.
It may not sound too scary at all, but just take a look at this video!
As you can see, each car is wide open and doesn’t have any rails to protect the occupants at a height equalling four storeys.
The pedal-powered tandem rollercoaster is certainly not for the faint hearted, but it remains one of the top attractions at Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland, which is probably due to the fact that the views of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea and its many islands from the raised track are nothing short of spectacular; so the risk is not without reward.
Plus, by having to cycle your own way around the elevated track, you get to burn off some of those extra calories consumed via all those asahis and takoyaki balls.
Unlike a mechanical ride, it doesn’t end in the blink of an eye: a trip around the circuit takes around three minutes to complete (three long, long, long, minutes).
The Brazilian-themed amusement park also boasts the Turbo Drop, which has a 650ft plunge, bungee jumping and daily samba shows.
But it doesn’t have a rollercoaster restaurant yet – you’ll have to visit Alton Towers in the UK for that experience.