French roller-skate sportsman Jean-Yves Blondeau
An unusual demonstration of speed and skill on wheels is taking
place in China's Hunan Province. French roller-skate sportsman Jean-Yves
Blondeau took on the challenge of Tianmen Mountain. Blondeau wore a
31-wheel suit, which he invented, for the daring downhill stunt.
Safety was the key issue here, and the Frenchman said before his trip
that he would stop if the risk to life and limb was too much. He wore
nothing but his suit, with no further protection. Blondeau rolled a
total of 10.77 kilometers from the foot of the mountain to the Tianmen
Cave, a natural hole in the terrain at a height of 131.5 metres.
His speed was expected to reach 90 kilometers per hour on a 6-meter wide road. The drop from the start to the finish line was 1,000 meters. Blondeau had to negotiate 99 sharp turns, with harpin curves all along the route.
French roller-skate sportsman Jean-Yves Blondeau took on the challenge of Tianmen
Mountain. Blondeau wore a 31-wheel suit, which he invented, for the daring
Most of the roads were built along a steep cliff, which is known as
one of the most spectacular sights in the region. There's literally
danger in every turn on this kind of ride, because a mistake would
result in a mountainside crash or flight off the cliff. Rough, broken
pavement also creates its own kind of challenge, along with standing
water on some parts of the highway.
Blondeau selected a 34-wheel suit for the Tianmen Mountain challenge,
with additional wheels attached to his chest. The suit weighs 17
kilograms and Blondeau says it gives him better braking ability.
The 42-year-old had ever taken extreme challenges the rest of the
world, holding a record of skating at a speed of 112 kilometer per hour.
The 31-wheel roller suit invented by Blondeau is also known as the
wheel suit or buggy rollin, which places a number of rollers on most of
the major joints, the torso, and the back. The wearer can ride in a
variety of positions, upright, prone, supine, on all fours, and so on,
at speeds of up to 70 mph or 116 km/h in downhill. He has been featured
on television shows in several countries on all continents. The buggy
rollin wheel suit can be practiced on any similar surface as roller
French roller-skate sportsman Jean-Yves Blondeau took on the challenge of
Tianmen Mountain. Blondeau wore a 31-wheel suit, which he invented, for the
daring downhill stunt.
He carried out the roller suit as part of his graduation project in
Paris. The research phase lasted for 6 months, followed by 1 month of
synthesis and 2 months for producing the prototype, then followed a year
of secret patent application writing, finally published in June 1995.
Since then, six generations of buggy-rollins have been elaborated.
They include different creations from the most basic kneepad with
rollers to the most sophisticated one called "Super Rollin Bionic
Woman". The prototypes have evolved into safer, more comfortable and
easier machines that can be adapted to all different morphologies.
American wingsuit flier Jeb Corliss had also challenged the extreme
factors of Tianmen Mountain, soaring through a hole in Tianmen mountain.
He jumped from a helicopter 6,000 feet above the Tianmen mountain,
flying towards it and sailed right through it. He was also the first
wingsuit stuntman to fly in China.
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Location: Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China (load item map)
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