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Mountain biking accidents on the rise

Photo: ITV Border

As the number of mountain bikers on the trails increases, so do the number of injuries.

Mountain rescue teams across the Lake District are preparing for a busy Easter weekend after attending a record number of call outs last year.

In the past 12 months, the teams attended more than 500 incidents - the highest ever.

37
mountain bike crashes were attended by Lake District Mountain Rescue teams in 2015
Mountain biking on the trails through Whinlatter forest. Credit: ITV Border

Craig Scott is the Director of Cyclewise at Whinlatter. He shares a couple of tips to prepare yourself for a day on the trails:

  • Know where you're going - and know where is the safe and legal places to go.
  • Riding within your own skill set -and if you don't have the skills, you can learn more from a coach or a course.
Mountain biking on the trails through Whinlatter forest. Credit: ITV Border

The teams can respond but a worrying thing for them is the increased workload. It's an extreme sport - I think there's an awful lot more mountain bikers around and they find it very exhilarating.

When you come off a mountain bike at speed on a serious route, there's only one way - and that's over the handlebars.

– Richard Warren, Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association