Trail Trap Found in San Diego, Another One Injures Rider in Colorado Springs

Photo: Gillie Rhodes, Flickr

As the mountain bike season starts, more riders will get out on the trails, and inevitably, conflict will grow between certain trail user groups. In the past two weeks, a San Diego mountain biker found a trail trap made to look like a piece of the environment, and a rider in Colorado Springs, CO ran into a strung-up cord and left the scene with multiple broken bones.

San Diego

A San Diego mountain biker discovered a piece of barbed wire intertwined with foliage on a trail in San Dieguito River Park about a week ago, according to a San Diego news channel. Photos showed the trap set at handlebar height. The San Diego Mountain Biking Association posted the photos on their Facebook page after they became aware. The post said that local rangers and mountain bike patrol in the area were notified.

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Steven Lennox commented on the post, saying that he was the one who found the trap and supposedly saw someone who might have set it up. Contact SDRP Rangers if you have any information.

Colorado Springs, CO

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A Colorado Springs mountain biker ran into a cord strung across a bridge on a ride on the Rock Island trail. Nard Claar crashed after running into the cord and broke three ribs and a collarbone.

“If I wasn’t wearing a helmet, or even if a little bit different action, with the helmet I could have easily been killed,” Claar told a local new channel. Claar broke the cord when he ran into it, sparing the rider behind him, and believes he went over the bars. He says he was unconscious for about 20 minutes.

According to the report, Claar’s helmet shattered on impact. Claar, a painter, will reportedly have to take some time off to heal before he can continue work. Contact Colorado Springs Police Department if you have any information about the incident.

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