Ridiculous! Spectator Takes World Cup Bike and Crashes Hard

Apr 27, 2014 at 0:15
Apr 27, 2014
by Karl Burkat  
 
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Adam Brayton took a severe crash during the World Cup race in Cairns and a spectator jumped on his bike and tried to ride the course. Brayton had to be evac'd from the course with an injured leg. The spectator's condition is unknown, but hoping both riders are doing well.



Adam just fired over an email to Pinkbike
"Yo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn't thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. I think he's ok though he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty k'od but that's all I know I'm going to pop down to hospital tomorrow and see how he's doing"
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493 Comments

  • + 838
 Well we have out Fail of the Month win. Everyone else can just go home.
  • + 186
 YOLO. Of course you only die once as well....
  • - 443
 Aussie authority should be penalized for having such crowd.
  • + 143
 Not a load the Auzzies could do - I think it was awesome that despite the fact you had to stand in a rainforest the locals came out and supported despite the snakes, spiders, sliding DH'ers, but that was just Darwinism and that's why one day the world will only be populated by WC level riders....
  • + 138
 That spectator that crashed definitely won the Darwin Award of the year
  • - 17
 Get what you deserve trying to be a hero with no helmet too... lol smart!
  • + 6
 Ahahah! Survival of the Fittest!
  • + 143
 No matter how stupid his decision was he does not deserve that....to even say he deserved that is sickening. He had to be stretchered off and his back and head took a beating, I actually hope they follow up and find out what happened to him I would not be surprised if he broke his neck among other injuries.
  • + 79
 No, he might not deserved spinal and head injuries, but he deserved a kick in balls, and God agreed.
  • + 191
 He may not have deserved it, but he was definitely asking for it...
  • + 29
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=amY7JLRgYwg another angle of the spectator crash
  • + 73
 Ironically there was a Leatt advertisement with Needles saying "Even if you didn't aim for the world cup, it doesn't mean you don't have to wear protection" before this happened.
  • + 16
 Only in Straylia
  • + 18
 Does he have to pay for the damage to the bike?
  • - 46
 What an idiot. Got what he deserved, no helmet, too much drink, and too much ego.
  • + 4
 Darwin wins... Fatality!
  • + 52
 There are lots of comments about helmets. Sure, a helmet is wise but it wouldn't have done anything to prevent spinal injury.

Taking the bike down should have waited until after the race. At this point we don't know if he just took off with it or if he was left in charge of getting it back down.

A helmet or much slower pace would have been wise. But i'm betting all of us have done stuff just as "stupid" as this. Driving home after too many beers. Hitting jumps too fast and wiping out, etc. Not an excuse, but I do wish him the best and hope he didn't suffer any paralysis.
  • + 18
 Funny- I was thinking if he had a bit MORE speed and brought the front end up a tad he MAY have made it a lil further
  • - 24
 hAAAAA WHAT AN ARSE!!
  • - 45
 "Taking the bike down should have waited until after the race. At this point we don't know if he just took off with it or if he was left in charge of getting it back down."

You don't seriously think that guy was taking Adam Brayton's bike back to the pits for him do you? These comments are the best part of this...
  • - 27
 I'm amazed he wasn't arrested or something after the fact for essentially "stealing" Brayton's bike. Who does that?! A pro rider crashes in front of you, breaks his leg, so you take off on his bike?? What an ass! I can only assume he was drunk. Hard to feel bad for someone who just stole an injured racers bike...
  • - 5
 Except for the fact that he didn't die so that wouldn't make sense ....
  • + 19
 Is there a video out there of the guy running out of the crowd and taking off on Adam Brayton's bike?
  • + 157
 Well... I may get neg props but:

Everyone has done something stupid in their life, some have more luck than others, some finish in the hospital...
I won't tell anything bad on that guy, he knows he shouldn't have done that, he knows it was stupid..

I just hope he'll be able to walk again, and a good recovery (because hell... that was a hell of a crash! even with gear on it would hurt...)

BTW: I don't think he stole that bike guys... I already crashed hard, and spectators just took my bike back to the pits while I was going to the hospital... It happens all the time

And second edit: I think it's sad, people hoping that the bike is okay... Not a single word about the spectator... It just proves we're not really smarter than him Wink
  • + 12
 @bikeounet: Your right, man!
  • + 17
 After reading through all these comments it seems that random joey guy was trying to help out when he shouldn't have, just how random spectators jump to try and assist people after a crash. He took the bike down, when the marshall of the section should have held the bike until it could have been brought down by an official. He wanted to be mr. superhero and get the spectators goin, fully sent it into the whoop section and pretty much got what was expected. Yes I do feel bad for the guy, but I've seen many situations similar when people are trying to help, when they have no business helping. This situation would be similar to some random spectator hoping down the stands at a supercross race to help get the injured riders track off the bike and then getting egged on by the crowd to send the whoop section with no helmet on and casual shoes, what do you think is gonna be the outcome.
  • + 7
 not a nice crash but the guy may have come out of it ok if he was knocked out he may just have rag doll'd across the whoops if your out your body is more relaxed so the likely hood of damaging yourself is less. Of course he took a whack to the head though so that would be the main issue. It was a dumb move and pretty embarrassing to crash infront of the whole mtb community hope the dude is ok though and can laugh about it afterwards. Also best wishes to brayton that dude sure knows how to crash.
  • - 45
 ahah thats what you get for trying to steal someones bike dumb shit. but really i hope he is alright.
  • + 45
 "don't seriously think that guy was taking Adam Brayton's bike back to the pits for him do you? These comments are the best part of this..."

Yes, that's exactly what we think he was doing. People don't normally steal things in front of large crowds that are looking directly at them. Obviously there were hundreds of ameteur and professional photographers and videographers looking directly at him the entire way down the course.

The rumor is that he was walking it down and he got heckled into riding.
  • - 20
 ciggie butt brain!!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmL72sgVdAQ


bogan.
  • - 22
 The bike is okay?
  • + 12
 @Germinois, you're exactly the kind of people I was talking about... Smile
  • + 12
 That kid crashed really hard - not a good wipe out - a helmet would have helped with head and brain injuries - spinal injuries can only be protected by wearing spinal gear and a LEATT - that kid who took the bike down is probably not doing to good unfortunately - just pray his brain re-maps itself.
  • + 6
 Yup,he took fail of the month,year and lifetime award. He's RAD!
  • + 7
 To talk about good or bad intentions at this time is pointless. One thing for sure...YOU SIMPLY DON'T DO IT!
  • + 4
 What about the race coordinators? He shouldn't have been allowed to go down - I think this should make coordinators of other race events take note to keep this from ever happening - and if anything should point some of the blame on the people responsible for maintaining the safety on the track.
  • + 15
 Shows the difference between mountain bikers and other sports, if that were a footballer and a spectator came on the pitch the police are out straight away and have to physically stop him anyway possible. However Adam Brayton showed respect and is visiting him in hospital the next day!
  • + 3
 Nearly 86k views on YouTube as I post this... That's a lot of replays of that stack.
  • + 10
 "You don't seriously think that guy was taking Adam Brayton's bike back to the pits for him do you? These comments are the best part of this..."

At every World Cup I've been to there been at least one person walking a bike back down the hill to the pits for an injured rider at some point, it's a pretty common occurrence at any DH race.
  • + 9
 Well, the whole theory of the stolen bike got started by Rob when he wasn't paying attention to what has happened... an official said in an interview during the livestream "seems as if some spectator walked the bike down and crashed hard" - which turned into the "stole the bike" nonsense that he repeated over and over again for the rest of the stream...
  • + 3
 Ahhh. yep. that's a bogan
  • + 10
 Wetting myself at this.. We checked in with Adam to see how he managed to split his shin open, knee to ankle and how his bike ended up in further danger after the incident. Yo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn't thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. I think he's ok though, he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty KO-d but that's all I know... I'm going to pop down to the hospital tomorrow and see how he's doing - Adam Brayton
  • + 5
 One of juniors that had to get scans in the hospital afterwards talked to the guy, he snapped two vertebrae.
  • + 1
 You aussies take the most tweaked out spectators award. Put that in your diggereedoo and smoke it but hopefully this poor sumbich has no permanent damage
  • + 40
 99% of you fools don't understand the Australian culture of helping a mate out and giving it a go. Its not rocket science. If you're saying the kid deserved this then you need to get your head checked.
  • + 2
 Ah shit, that's gonna hurt in the morning! At least you made VOD! Get well soon!
  • + 6
 As above Steve Peat spoke to him (legend) and his injuries are 'fixable'. You can guarantee all the pros have done something stupid in their time, who hasn't. He would definitely get the chopper read seal of approval

www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y
  • - 18
 HAHAHAHAHA SHAME AUSIS ARE SO SHIT AT EVERYTHING........................... www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNEKxdW_J5I ........... MAYBE ITS HIS CONVICT ANCESTORY THAT LED HIM TO NICKING THE BIKE......... WAITING FOR THE NEGS Smile
  • - 12
 Sorry, men play rugby, and the scottish cant do that. LOL www.majorgrooves.co.uk/2008/03/why-scotland-are-so-rubbish-at-rugby.html Smile
  • + 6
 You'll be disappointed when you'll read this: The spectator is from England... Uh...
  • - 5
 Lol, I was being general about aussies, not so much the rider Smile
  • + 8
 "men play rugby" Oh, I though men sat around on computers trolling on the internet?
  • - 5
 Mate, a AFL player would run rings around a rugby player.
  • + 17
 From Steve Peat-
"Ok everyone, this is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers".
We here at Vital join Peaty and Adam in wishing Ben a swift and complete recovery!

As you can see this guy was not some noob jumping on a bike but got caught out there regardless. Two broken vert's is pretty serious but that is better than neck or brain injury.
  • - 3
 Still @ShempHoward. At least don't get a Joey to get the bike down to the bottom. Say that to Peaty for me. Thanks!
  • + 4
 He has broken two vertebrae in his back and had a dislocated shoulder.
Source: Peaty's FB page.

I feel sorry for the poor dude, he was only trying to help by taking Brayton's bike to the pits because he fell off and broke his leg, he definitely does not deserve it!
Here's the link to Peaty's FB status about it:
m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=769502853082645&substory_index=0&id=167286746637595
  • + 4
 Sounds like he gave Peaty a big favour by getting him a 2nd run, though not intentionally.
  • - 7
 Dam he hit hard! Douce bag!
  • - 4
 LMFAO stacy @ the Ciggy Butt Brain!!!!!! I'm a LOLin' at it right f*cking now!!!! I've never seen that before. It's such perfect timing 'cuz I know someone that I need to show it to.
  • - 1
 Yeah not everyone is a twat, if people can help then they will, it's just a shame that he crashed out but I guess if he made it maybe the uci would tighten the rules and make spectators stand further away from the course?
  • - 1
 "but I guess if he made it maybe the uci would tighten the rules and make spectators stand further away from the course?"

What?
  • - 2
 hhaha i 3 negs lol
  • + 1
 I'm just saying, the uci could be kicking up a fuss because that guy should have been allowed to ride the bike and that the track staff were probably supposed to stop him but they didn't, maybe the uci might toughen up the rules on how close spectators can go, if that guy died and someone sued or tried to sue the uci for negligence because of it?? I was just saying
  • + 2
 ... Annnnd, that's why you should leave the world cup racing to the pro's...
  • + 1
 Who's to blame here? This is a gravity sport where you can die, everyone knows that!
  • + 1
 @drivereight, ...apparently not everyone.
  • + 1
 @gbhfghinn

Us Aussies are actually good at most sport, we tend to pick up sport quite quickly and usually do pretty well, We grow up been raised on sport. Clearly you have never seen any sport in your life or actually been to Australia.
  • + 1
 ahaha chill slidways......... find time to smile Wink i was jking loooool
  • + 2
 its pinkbike its hard to tell when people are serious or not lol. I figured on the off chance you were been serious Id have a dig.
  • + 2
 In Pinkbike's own words he "jumped on his bike and tried to ride the course". To everyone berating those that felt this was an idiotic thing to do AFTER it came out afterwards that he was "helping Brayton out", good for you. Those of us initially commenting on it were going off of the extremely brief description IN THIS ARTICLE, not the subsequent comments. And regardless of whether he was "helping" Brayton out, he wasn't helping himself, Steve Peat, or anyone else that had to deal with the aftermath of his crash by taking Brayton's bike down the hill DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE, ON THE COURSE. It's fine to just glaze over all of that though, I guess we just "don't get the culture" down there.
  • + 2
 Actually it did help peaty his second run was much better than his first.
  • + 0
 In hindsight sure, but during the 14 years I raced downhill, in all the incidents where a rider either hit a spectator, dog, or whatever, they would have rather avoided the whole thing rather than taking the chance at smashing into someone on course. He was lucky it worked out well, but it could have just as easily ended very badly for him, and extra bad for the guy that was poaching the course.
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  • + 286
 Hold my beer.
  • + 20
 ...I'm doing this ;]
  • + 8
 Ha.........got it in one! probably seemed like a good idea at the time Wink
  • + 36
 let's show these world cup guys how to ride a bike
  • - 37
 Probably the funniest part is that he was riding a demo ......rotfl lol lol
  • + 5
 TrailManiac and badpotato. Possibly the funniest comments I've read on PB. I'm gonna say it, pricless dh rig, wc run. Your gonna aren't ya. I really hope the guy is ok.
  • + 8
 We Poles do think alike :] ...especially when it goes with BBB&B (Bike, Beer, Bros & Boobs) ;]
  • + 3
 @TrailManiac Man your comment was a classic. I'm still hurting from laughter Smile
  • + 4
 Best Comment ever TrailManiac
  • + 2
 I think the only way possible to describe this is just STRAYAAAA
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  • + 124
 from someone who was actually there and saw it all happen. Brayton got a lift down on an ATV and this guy was wheeling his bike down the edge of the track while the track was still on hold. The crowd then was cheering him on to get on it and ride down the woops section and get the bike to the bottom. For his stupid decision which was pressured by the crowd it's probably cost him his normal way of life for the short term if not life. So to say he deserves it is shocking. he's suffered enough I'm sure
  • + 14
 Any news on his condition ? Poor guy.
  • + 22
 thanks for this input. and to shut up all the jackasses who say he stole the bike!
  • + 5
 I too have helped walk an injured rider's bike out of the woods while he was being carried out on a stretcher. We shouldn't jump to conclusions. We will know more soon enough.
  • + 2
 I would like to know the extent of his injuries. If he really has a permanent spinal injury it will be utterly tragic. Everyone has made stupid decisions.
  • + 2
 Steve peat facebook update says dislocated shoulder and two broken vertebra. Word is that he will be fine, no paralysis.
  • + 10
 Also to PB, I think that you should change the title of this post. It makes it sound like he was taking, or stealing, the bike, not returning the bike. Just my two cents

Feel bad for the guy though, took a huge hit, and still gets heckled by the mountain bike "community". When a fellow rider goes down, you should be sympathetic regardless if it's someone just getting into the sport, or the most seasoned downhill veteran.
  • + 1
 My boys were there and this is exactly what they said happened. poor guy just caving into peer pressure.
  • + 1
 That's great that you were there and SAW that, for most of us that read this article a few minutes after it was posted, NONE of us had that information, so as far as we knew the guy was being a total a*shole. It turned out he wasn't. Calling out those who thought it was a stupid thing to do based on THIS article, as opposed to getting the first hand story, is ridiculous. Had all that info been in the original post, a lot of people probably wouldn't have said "he deserved it".
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  • + 112
 How about you lot complaining f*ck off? I think it was stupid yes, but it's a f*cking bad thing for that to happen to anybody. You clearly don't know half the f*cking story, so stop moaning about the guy until you know EXACTLY what went down, stop being a f*cking bunch of judgemental pricks. No one cares how edgy you can act over the internet. Like you lot have never ridden without a helmet? Like you lot have never had a hilarious at the time yet not so funny ten minutes after idea before in your life? Stop f*cking giving the guy shit. He's probably f*cked himself up bad and you lot are sitting trying to act like he deserved it? This isn't what mountain biking is about, you all jump on to the hate train after someone does something like that yet you'd probably do something similar with your mates? Stop the f*cking planet man, I want off if this is how people think they should act like.
  • + 22
 Beer Hear hear!! Finally someone typing with some thought first... I agree 100%!!!
  • - 42
 Rider broke his leg, then this a*shole takes his bike? He was was heading for a world of pain....
  • + 3
 TheDude88 do you know the story? If so please do enlighten us then. He might NOT have taken the f*cking bike ffs.
  • + 5
 Kieran don't get overworked about a bunch of internet wankers! ...The dude saw an opportunity to have some fun and took it. and he paid the price! I doubt he was stealing the bike.
  • + 1
 Exactly man, he wasn't stealing the bike, it's no ones fault here except the Marshals for the event because they should've taken care of Adam's bike.
  • + 1
 Everyone has done stupid sure, but that was next level stupid.
  • + 2
 Kieran-Young, best reply I've read in this entire post. Well said, seconded!
  • + 4
 Yeah. He was taking the bike down for Adam who was gettin carried off by medics . Doing a good deed that got fuct up when he thought to jump on it and try a World Cup down hill bike, Stop giving the bloke a hard time. He has probably broken his back for fuxsax.
  • + 7
 I'm sure the man will happily agree it wasn't his brightest moment, but if you haven't been there you're lying. A fellow rider goes down hard and so many a*sholes decide from behind their keyboards that he deserves it. Unreal.

For those of you that I've described; give your heads a collective shake and have the decency not to kick the guy when he's down. I hope each and every one of you goes for a ride tomorrow, slips both pedals and gets sacked on your top tube.

While getting a flat.
  • + 3
 Bang on Kieran. What you have said mirrors what I've been thinking all morning on this subject.
  • + 1
 ... you're going to tell us to not say anything till we know "EXACTYL" what happened, and then follow up with "probably" this, "probably" that?
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  • + 96
 Im amazed at some of the comments I have seen posted below this video on other sites. The guy could have broke his neck. Yes he was stupid but noone deserves that sort of punishment.
  • + 47
 Word seems to be that he did and/or suffered a spinal injury as well... that really sucks. Yeah he's an idiot but we've all done something stupid at one point or another. I think that's a prerequisite to being a mtber. Wink

hope they both recover fully. Brayton's leg gash looked so nasty.
  • + 42
 Who knows that the poor kid was thinking. He might have done something extremely stupid, but I for one hope he can heal up fast, spinal injuries are no joke. And he CERTAINLY doesn't deserve to be "left there" like some of you a**holes are saying. Chill...
  • + 17
 To be fair, it will always be remembered; well done to him for making this round of the World Cup more iconic.
  • - 92
 How does he not deserve exactly what happened? He walked onto a race course, stole a $10,000 bike from a recently injured person, rode it down said course and crashed it like the moron he is. He not only deserves every injury he earned, he deserves a bill for any damage he caused to the bike.
  • + 4
 Well said , I've done some pretty dumb shit in my time, but that adds to who we are.
  • + 16
 No one deserves to have a crash like that for doing something stupid. And he clearly wasn't stealing it because he would have gone through the finish line, no one is stupid enough to believe that they could steal a bike and get away with it from going through a finishing arena with spectators, security, cameras etc.
  • + 9
 First thing I noticed was how his head flopped, definitely looks like a broken neck.
  • + 4
 i know on commentating they said he stole it but come on - not exactly discreet is it, with spectators, TV cameras and god knows how many people - he was not stealing it - whatever he was doing was daft but, i hope, was done in some odd way to help - so until we know the truth lets not assume he is a dumb crim that deserved it
  • + 1
 Yep the neck looks broken. He couldn't even move one of his knees, just like trying to stand up without success ... Poor guy, just to make a stupid show ...
  • + 13
 He had the right heart to try and help, he definitely went about it the wrong way but in no way does he deserve that crash. It was stupid to be on track and even stupider to get on the bike and ride at all let alone that speed with no helmet. But in NO WAY does he deserve that. Idiotic sure, but I seriously hope this guy pulls through. To say he deserved it is just disgusting in my opinion.
  • + 17
 Catfood Johnson.. remind me to never to go riding with you... i could just imagine what would happen if i made a bad line decision and ended up hurt on the trail.
  • - 17
 He didn't have "the right heart to try and help". He took someone's property without consent, he saw his chance to ride down the course and he took it - he knew exactly what he was doing.
  • + 6
 Yesok- do you know that for a fact? I'm not saying one way or the other but you're calling this guy who suffered a serious injury a bike thief when in reality he could just be some fan who decided to make a lifetime memory... albeit in a stupid way.
  • + 4
 I am reasonably sure the bloke wasn't trying to steal the bike but was rather just "helping" to get it to the bottom. I kept yelling at the computer screen when Warner was jumping to conclusions. You can't get the bike down through the trees, it has to come down the course. Dude shouldn't have tried riding it fast, but that was nasty.
  • + 7
 I don't believe there was much thinking involved. He was drunk and fired up from watching the pros go by, it's the classic "hold my beer and watch this". It's safe to say he regrets his decision today, that crash looks brutal. Lets just hope he's OK
  • + 4
 he was taking the bike down the hill to help out. spectators were cheering him on to ride down... Get the FACTS yesok.
  • + 0
 Dude completely lacks common sense - heading so fast into a rhythm-section like that. Bad for the Sport since it appears to breed hooliganism but also makes this Good Samaritan parable instead read like the bike was getting lifted. No way should that even been attempted, at all.
  • + 7
 Cat food-Johnson...you sound like and probably are a total prick! I wonder what your biking mates think of you. Mind you,coming out with comments like that I doubt you have any mates.
  • + 1
 Just read further down an account of what went down from someone on the spot. Don't care about how, but that leaves a lasting impression in many ways. Loss of alot of overhead me thinks...
  • - 30
 Ah, it's good to be hated on Pinkbike. For those of you who somehow aren't aware, taking someone else's property without consent is stealing, and taking property from someone who was just injured is disgusting. Getting injured yourself while doing this is... drumroll... karma.

Vernon Jeff - You're either incredibly obtuse or just dumb if you don't see the difference in what happened here and picking a bad line and getting hurt.

Dinfy - I have one mate, but plenty of friends. None of them steal, which is nice.

Hater's gon' hate Smile
  • + 8
 Except he wasnt stealing the bike
  • + 7
 He had consent, The rider himslef said that the spectator was a good man and bringing the bike down for him.
  • + 7
 Catfood-johnson: you make a lot of assumptions based on... what? As it the story goes he said he would take it down and started to walk it down and then the crowd started cheering him. do you really think a bike thief would of gotten away? your reasoning makes no sense but i doubt you will get it. hated on PB, hated in real life im sure that is a blurred line for you also. permanently crippled from what is almost the same as streaking at a football game is not a fitting punishment. do you not get that? it seems like CNN has taught your country that everyone should be judge jury and executioner without knowing all the facts. jury by media. if you read the comments on these it always seems to be 20 something americans making these types of assumptions. dont ever make a mistake Catfood. im sure the people around you will not be sympathetic.
  • + 3
 It's amazing how many people have convinced themselves that they know for sure the guy was stealing. The bike's owner doesn't seem to consider it stealing given the update posted to this article. Seriously folks, you shouldn't accuse people of being a thief unless you know they stole something.
  • + 5
 Your right Catfood....he was definitely stealing the bike in front of hundreds of spectators,and he was obviously trying to make a fast getaway that back fired.....
  • - 21
 God damn reading comprehension is lacking here. Vernon, I wasn't assuming anything other than Pinkbike's (and every other publication that initially reported this) veracity in reporting the facts. Based on what, you ask? The article you're commenting on, pre update. Beyond that your entire comment is assumption, and you get roughly everything wrong. Again, reading comprehension is your friend, and it appears that this guy is going to be fine. I guess you'll have to find something else to whine about.
  • + 6
 Just out of curiosity Catfood... can you make a comment without insulting, demeaning or wishing someone ill? I am only going by what you wrote. i have no idea what's going on in your head, A simple 'i jumped to a conclusion that was wrong would suffice'
  • - 14
 Dude, you don't even know what country I'm from or what age I am and you've applied every negative thing said about this guy to 20-somethings from the US, a country apparently filled with people universally unable to sympathize with anyone (never-mind any of the Americans in this thread who seem to agree with you). In other words, let me fire that same question right back atcha, because you don't seem to have any skills in nuanced debate either.
  • + 2
 catfood, I gotta ask, what country are you from?
  • + 4
 Catfood Jonnyson,the Keswick Kestrel was in the ambulance with the boy that took his bike...pissed bloke from the crowd ,and he didnt try to steal it....I mean any wanker could ve worked that themselves....but got a text at 7.30 am on my way to the SDA at Dunkeld from the cats mouth...mind you when I said any wanker could ve worked that out for themselves...it appears any didnt mean any after all!
  • + 7
 Pinkbike needs to take the comment section out. We're not ready to converse with one another yet.
  • + 2
 Fuck up Catfood!
  • - 4
 Catfood-Johnson hope you feel good today, the kid is now dead
  • - 5
 the kid died from his injuries, check the local Aussie news
  • + 0
 holy f Gordon... do you have a link?
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 I love how I get voted down for posting a legit, factual article. It makes me think the whiners here want the kid to be severely injured or worse so they can justify their whining. And for the record, of course I don't want him to be dead, and if he didn't steal that bike that certainly changes the dynamic - forgive me for taking Pinkbike's initial reporting at it's word.
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 Just read on Steve Peats face book page that he has spoken to this guy who it turns out is a DH racer as well. He was doing Brayton a favour by taking the bike down,and that he also has two broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder due to the crash. He's not dead,he wasn't trying to steal the bike.
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 i read that to. If Gordon is lying to make a point that is just plain fucked up. ps. I also checked the local Cairnes papers and there was nothing about him dying ,
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 Catfood, that wasn't a "factual article". It made many assumptions, the first of which appears in the title which says that Ben was "imitating competitors". He was riding a bicycle like he always does, not immitating something which he had just seen for the first time. Then it goes on to say that Ben was "clearly delighted about the chance to get his own taste of the limelight". That's making an assumption about his motivation and is clearly not factual. He was probably grinning while watching the race and grinning while riding the bike. They don't know his motivation and are clearly sensationalizing or editorializing.

But really, you're just getting downvoted for being a jerk.
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 It's factual in that he's okay, dingus. If you'd bothered to read the comment I was responding to (those claiming that he was dead) you'd know that.
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 In some places in this world, your punishment for something stupid is a lot worse than that.
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 Remember also adams brakes would of been british specification, the guy bringing the bike down the hill might of accidentally grabbed a handful of the wrong brake before those whoops.
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 Most people over here ride the same set up as the brits so I doubt that would be a factor.
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 he deserved it
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 nothing to do with the brakes , the whoops grabbed a handful of him
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 More likely had something to do with the fact that he was riding the most unstable DH bike on the market in muddy conditions. I know lots of people were crashing, but it seemed like everytime I saw a Demo in practice it didn't stay on two wheels for long.
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 @Protour, you clearly saw the front wheel hitting the next roller, causing the bike to catapult him off. I don't think it had anything to do with the bike being unstable. He didn't lift the front wheel up enough and therefore crashed. Even though he's a bit of a moron I hope he isn't too injured.
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 Not sure if youve ever ridden a DH fork but that roller was nothing for a DH fork. Either the bike was set up really stiff for the pro rider, and the joy rider was rising too slow or unprepared, and Ive also heard that the bike may have been set up with reverse brakes to what aussies are used to. In any case, healing thoughts to the joy rider.
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 ya know what, I think Protour is on to something here. If you listen closely as the rider comes into the whoops, you can clearly hear him say "This bike is just too laterally stiff and does not have the compliance I feel would be necessary to efficiently get me down this track in these conditions..." Then things just went south from there.
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 @Penguinpower, I retract my statement. Closer watching it seem that he attempted to do the rollers sitting down with too much speed, then as he hit the second roller the rear bounced into his backside and threw him up and over, could have been some panic braking going on as well.
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 @RyanW - Yeah, I was lucky to do a bit of shuttling this winter, on of which was Bootleg Canyon in Vegas. I plowed through larger and sharper edged hits than that roller. It still amazes me what one can get away with on a DH bike. That roller shouldve been swallowed whole and spit out by that Fox 40. Something else was in the mix.
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 I thought that was what he said
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 I don't think he even touched the brakes...it was just pinned-to-buck, really.
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 @Dan255 I just stained my undies from reading your comment!
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 Having your front brake on the right is called 'moto' setup, not British lol. As MX bikes have the front brake on the right too so its a natural transition
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 Warner was confused on the live-feed; he wasn't stealing the bike, he was taking the bike down the hill to help out. Also consider the peer pressure he would have been under to ride down- there were massive crowds and the hecklers here are brutal. Good luck to this guy recovering
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 He's just an aussie bogan pissed off his fucking nonce, saw a bike and thought, may as well ride it... STRAYA!!!!
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 He wasn't helping for shit, that's just nonsense. Who asked him to do this? You aren't allowed on the course unless you're a competitor, and you certainly aren't allowed to ride down it without a helmet. He did nothing but endanger the race and the entire venue for the future, and an absolute cock.
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 "You aren't allowed on the course unless you're a competitor..." Yeah tell that to all the spectators I've seen cross the track. You think a f'n piece of tape is gonna stop them?!?
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 Its just spectators being spectators. Maybe next season some blokes gonna do a backflip over the trail like in Tour De France.
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 Right...to help out! No one in their right mind would ask someone without a helmet to take a bike down a WC track. Has this ever happened before?
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 I'm willing to accept that he was a maybe trying to help out and get the bike down the hill (although I'm sure there would have been race staff on hand to take care of that) but if you're helping out just walk the bike down the trail and maybe swing a leg over it to coast down some easy section or pedal out of the bottom section. The way he comes into those whoops certainly makes it look like he was trying show off rather than simply trying to assist in clearing the track or getting the bike back to the pits. This was just the DH World Cup equivalent of streaking across the football field and it didn't end we'll.
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 if a marshal or race official asked him to bring the bike down, they should be reprimanded - race officials and marshals should be the only people allowed to clear the track after a crash, asking a random spectator to do something like that is irresponsible. But at this point, we know virtually nothing about what actually happened, so anyone accusing him of stealing the bike needs to be quiet, because that's pure speculation at this point.
  • + 1
 I think this guy did a couple of flips, if only he'd have landed it
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 I should hope that the procedures for returning bikes to the pits are reviewed for future races. It would make sense to me that if you're on the course in any way - as a rider or official - you are covered by some sort of insurance. Insurance comes with procedures and regulations. That means an official returns the bike by walking it down the course or to an exit point. Yeah lots of rules and regulations suck, but they exist for a reason.
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 It's AUSTRALIA, we run things a bit loose and fun down here, it's in our culture, she'll be right mate! No one is going to get sued or reprimanded. His injuries are punishment enough and if I ever bump into him I am going to buy him a beer and tell him how epic he is. Oh, his hospitalisation and rehab will be completely free.
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 Actually Smuggly, I am Australian, an educated Australian like you claim to be. Without making reference to this incidence (which seems to be a lot of speculation about the circumstances), the Aussie 'loose and fun' attitude has changed to be more irresponsible and egotistical. As I said, I'm not calling this guy either of those things because I don't know the real story. My point is that incidents like this result in new rules and procedures and if that prevents someone from breaking their neck, then that's a good thing. (And I'm not going to be drawn into an argument about medical costs.)
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 All I can say is the poor guy may be in a bad way for a long time! GIVE HIM A BREAK.
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 the kid tried to do a good deed and now he's dead for his troubles, it's a cruel world
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 Completely free healthcare? Wow. How is that even possible? Who pays the doctors', surgeons', and rehab therapists' salaries? Do they work on a volunteer basis? Who pays for the medical equipment and medicine he'll need? We need that in America!
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 Poor guy :-(
I hope l never have a momentary laps of judgement around you a*sholes. You all would let him die. Im sad and on edge knowing l share this planet with so many rotten people. It would be different if he got up and walked it off but no his life is might be over.
Speedy recovery for both!!!
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 Could not agree more. Pinkbike is full of hypocrites...
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 the vast majority are supportive or trying to figure out what happened. From the ones that are acting like conrads it seems like it is mostly your fellow countrymen. it seems that there is an overwelming attitude that if you do something stupid you deserve what you get. a complete lack of empathy. No compassion or empathy. I wish the guy would of made it to the finish as that would of been a better story.
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 Kid made a stupid mistake due to peer pressure from the fans, nothing more nothing less. Doesn't mean he is a bad person and he doesn't deserve to be hurt and have to go through the pain of that injury. If I saw that happen in front of me I'd surely try to help him out the best I could (I'm no doctor). But I think what many people are saying and asking is, "Why did this happen? Why was he allowed to take the bike down the hill under any circumstances?" Hopefully UCI will learn from it. I'd hate to see another rider go through that again. Wishing him well.
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 Should have gone to specsavers.
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 Just hope he is ok, crash looks nasty.
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 Here's a message from Steve Peat about the crash: Ok everyone, this is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers
instagram.com/p/nR-g_FmZd8
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 ^needs more up votes
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 And this is why we don't ride without a helmet, kids.
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 Helmets don't prevent spinal injuries, adults.
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 A *full face* helmet.
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 jclnv - so you're saying we shouldn't wear helmets?
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 No, I'm saying this poor guy would have had the same injuries regardless.
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 Well, no. You see, a helmet may not have prevented a spinal injury, sure, but it would have prevented a head injury...
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 So you really think you would give a shit about concussion effects when your quadrapligic?
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 Helmets don't prevent spinal injuries. In fact ,niether do most Back protectors. All of you who are almost fanatic about wearing gear need to realize that its just not that protective. Its 'armor' that you all like to put on to show how tough your activity is. Every fall is a matter of luck that you do or don't get a serious injury. Plastic guards over foam do noting but prevent scrapes and bruises. Hence, plenty of fully geared riders break bones every week. Lets drop 'the gear will save you' crusade, Its just not actuality. This guy would have been fully hurt regardless of what he was wearing. It was a beater of a fall. Hope he's OK.
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 A direct hit on a hard shell knee guard is going to hurt a lot less than a naked knee. Wtf is wrong with you people.
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 Exactly my point, hurt less for superficial injury: yes, prevent serious injury: no.
  • + 1
 ... bashing your knee cap onto a rock is not going to only result in "some bruising".

-_-
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 Finally, The only video of the whoops section all race weekend...and its this guy!
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 irony at its finest.
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 You mean you didn't enjoy the footage from two cameras showing the pedal to the finish line?
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 I'm a physician and I just reviewed that video frame by frame. His first impact is on his upper thoracic vertebra (bad). He rolls violently multiple times, smacks his head on his knees, then, at 0:09 when he is face down on the second to last whoop his head is so horrifically contorted under his body, I can almost guarantee he suffered a neck fracture. This is tragic. I wish him well.
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 Thats a pretty significant mechanism. And what makes me nervous is he could have a little decorticate posturing in the last few frames. Homie's life is gonna be a bit different for a while...
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 unless he was drunk and limber as it looked he was flopping around like a rag doll, injuries might not be so bad.
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 decerebrate, maybe? He looks like he got tossed pretty good, hopefully nothing that major.
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 He's limber because he's totally unresponsive.

And looks like decorticate to me, but the video isn't long enough:

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 I honestly think he will be okay... relatively speaking. A bit concussed for sure though.
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 He could be. Or he could be dead. And everything in between.
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 @mdigity03 - you might want to read up on what decorticate posturing is before you make such assumptions:

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003300.htm
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 Seems like a stretch to claim that he has a neck fracture for definite. I've watched that video multiple times in HD and while he hits his back hard in the first impact it doesnt look like it is at an angle that would cause the neck to bend in an unusual way. As for his head being "horrifically contorted under his body" - its not. You can quite easily get your head into that position. Front row rugby players end up in that position basically every time a scrum collapses with a hell of a lot more weight and pressure behind them. You are making it sound much more dramatic than it is.

What i would be very worried about are brain injuries. He hit his head very hard.
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 It looks to me like there was a second blow to the side of his head that likely knocked him out, regardless of if he suffered a spinal injury.
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 I'm surprised so many people are making this a joke and saying he deserved it, that is just so disgusting to here. No matter how poor his decision was to ride that bike he in no way deserved that crash. Hope he pulls through and recovers ok.
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 Update from Hope Technology's Adam Brayton.'Yo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn't thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. I think he's ok though he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty k'od but that's all I know I'm going to pop down to hospital tomorrow and see how he's doing'.
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 Good to hear that update. I was sure Brayton would get the joke & show some compassion when good times go bad. Sounds like this guy was a victim of peer pressure - she is a dangerous mistress! As for all the people who have probably never done anything radical in their life saying this is Darwinism in action I'd like to point out it took a lot of non flying squirrels to make the first flying one! I'm hoping this doesn't lead to some draconian UCI response. Rowdy drunken spectators are a part of this great sport.
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 Courtesy of Steve Peats Facebook page:

"Ok everyone, this is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers"
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 This article should be updated with this info.
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 So who took Adam's bike down the rest of the way after the spectator crashed?
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 that was absolutely sickening to watch.... I really hope he's not paralyzed permanently and can grow/learn from this mistake.
Hopping on someone else's bike who's not a pro rider is already weird because their set-up is different.... but imagine hopping on a pro's bike with such stiffly tuned suspension and tight brakes... just a bad idea. This whole ordeal is just ridiculous.
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 Hopefully Brayton's leg break is clean and with no complications and he'll be back up and riding again soon. That's the story here and not some tit doing something he obviously wasn't capable of doing. The course Marshall's should have stepped in and kept the bike at one of their points until the runs were finished. Partial blame should be levelled at the UCI clerk of the course and course staff for even allowing this to happen and the rest goes on the bloke himself.
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 Thats the smartest comment on here. Where are the officials who are supposed to stop something like this from happening. They are really to blame and should have grabbed his bike.
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 When there's a guy bleeding from a massive cut on his leg your first concern is for the rider, not the bike.
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 Turns out there's no break in the leg...just a massive shin-gina.
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 @Pininator. Which is good in one way...but f*ck it looked gruesome. Happened to see the instagram pic and got the update re; injury after I'd posted up.
  • + 1
 Yep...saw the same instagram pic. Glad I hadn't eaten prior to seeing it, but also lost any appetite I had at that point, too. :/
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 He was on the run of his life. Riding a WC bike on a WC track! Can any of us wish anything better? it's like a dream come true. For just a few seconds though.
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 Dream come true??? He most probably broke his neck, so I wouldn't change with him for this few seconds of "glory".
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 It Would Be Awesome To Ride A Wc Bike On A Wc Track. Would Be Dream Come True For me.
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 I wonder if Peaty will go give him a) a fatherly talking too or b) a t-shirt for letting him have another go at the rock garden.....
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 Definitely a t-shirt.... Peaty said on instagram "I need to buy this guy a beer, got red flagged cos of him and I was on a shocker, regrouped for 2nd run and managed a 7th!! Back feels better now. Cheers"
instagram.com/p/nP11IFGZSJ
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 Put yourself in his position before writing him off.. I would have done the same myself, especially after a few beers at the track. He was doing a good thing and walking the bike down until the Aussie crowd cheered him into riding it, walking it past them would have been pretty hard to do! too much pressure from the super loud crowd. Luckily he is going to be ok and also Brayton is ok, and peaty got a good run for 7th in his rerun!!
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 Absolutely Wyn, this thread has brought out everything that put me right off this site for so many years. The moderators should have been on to the 'deserved it' comments straight away. Catch up later in the week chieftan.
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 yes it was a stupid choice to do that! BUT, he's just a kid, i dont care about the bike, or the the owner because hes gonna okey.. So to u all that laughs at that kid, i hope u all have a very bad day..........
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 Well, I'm not saying he deserved it but you are doing the same thing here really... Everyone's a judge. But he was probably not trying to steal the bike, just trying to ride the course for shits and giggles.
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 Err marshals???? I know they can't be every where at once but, there had just been a big crash... The guy must have took the bike an did the off with it before a Marshall was on the scene? An surely there was at least acouple of spectators with sober heads???
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 exactly.

where were the marshals?
where was the access road at quarter track to evac people and racers?
where was the access road at mid track to evac people and racers?
where was the access road at 3/4ths track to evac people and racers?
where was the spectator access paths, so riders AND fans didn't have to use the RACE TRACK as a access road?
where was the uci ?
where was vasquez?
what will the uci/organizing race bodies insurance have to say about this?

as far as i'm concerned this race venue is a complete joke when it comes to riders and spectators safety.

the main reason there was dangerous delays and the main reason this happened is because the uci approved a venue with a). no access trail road for spectators b) no evac roads for racers c) NO CHAIRLIFT
how can you have a world class event and keep it safe for all including spectators with no chairlift?

this is the second race in a row this year with no chairlift, damn it makes the sport look soooo mickey mouse.

and back to the beginning..........why didn't a marshal stop this spectator from riding down the course?
did the course organizers train the marshals properly?

and yes, evolution is in effect here......that retarded moron who rode that bike down the track with no waiver signed, no insurance from the event, and no training runs, and no helmet or pads gets whatever is coming to him.

evolution baby.

whatever happens to the guy,happens..............

BUT ..it is crap like this that can get insurance companies to pull their coverage or race/events and its crap like this that puts organizing committees behind the eight ball.
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 I bet you have a chin strap on your hard hat and carry a clipboard dont you. Dont ride a boke unless its safe to do so and you are adequately trained YAWN!!!
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 @randybadger...

i know you are tryin to be funny and all, i get it, ....but in all reality........

there is no such thing as an accident.

i can think of at least 8 ways this little drama could have been prevented.

preventing this from happening is a good thing..... good for the racers safety, for the spectators safety, and for the race organizers liabilty.

sorry to get all big picture on ya.
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 I work in a world where health and safety is taken very seriously and it is all too easy to try and bubble wrap the world but a fool will always be a fool and that is where your "accidents" occur more than anywhere
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 everybody knows a fool who has been educated and guided is no longer a fool. keep trollin though.
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 So giving the guy who most likely paralysed himself a good talking too about the dangers of his irresponsible behavior would help?
I just don't think overly litigating things is massively constructive.
And as for structuring dh trails to conform to modern h&s protocol seems a bit overly clinical. You can't call me a troll just because I don't agree with your opinion.
Bottom line is something unfortunate happened and we may be able to take some lessons for it but sterilising the sport isn't really an answer. Should this particular incident have been considered in a risk assesment, probably not, but now because some fool managed to f*ck himself up a procedure will need to be introduced at every race which will likely involve extra transport and manpower and cost.
All because of a fool
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 had the uci and the race organizers done a thorough risk assessment of the venue, and trained the marshals properly, none of this would have happened. read my post, i could care less about the retard that dummied himself. this is about protecting wc dh racing, the spectators and the racers safety. and of course, sometimes the spectators need a little guidance in staying 'safe'. people didn't do their job right, this guy got worked and you are right, probably opened a whole big ol can of liability worms. the 'fools' i'm speaking of that need some educating are the uci, race officials, race organizers, and course marshals. tightening up race course security in today's day and age isn't a bad thing for anybody. if you really are into health and safety, you know what i'm talking about. sorry about the troll comment.
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 stacykohut - Just going back to your comment about the lack of chairlifts.. Really? Just because a track doesn't have a chairlift, it shouldn't be raced in the world cup? Damn, I guess they can't use Pietermaritzburg ever again... A little glimpse of Australia, what we classify as a mountain is a mound compared to Canadian mountains, thus, we don't put chairlifts on them as they aren't worth it. (to my knowledge) there are only 2 bike parks in Australia that are fitted with chairlifts, Thredbo (Mt Kosciusko) and Mt Buller, and this is because in winter, they are also used as ski slopes. So, know you know the reasons why there is no chairlift in Cairns.
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 The dudes got a broken neck you disrespectful little sh*ts. Sure its his own fault but someones son, brother or mates life has just changed forever and all you can do is be cheap inter web comedians. Grow the f*ck up
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 He WAS NOT stealing the bike. He was tasked to walk it down the track and decided to ride it when spectators were egging him on. That was hard to watch and the youtube vid shows him hit his head really hard. I hope he is ok. Word is this is the guy www.facebook.com/SpannerBunny
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 Wow. It seems that is him. And if you look at his mates profile you'll see the comments on one of his pics that says he broke his back in 2 or more places. Maybe now everyone will stop saying messed up things about it being karma
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 Thats too bad, hopefully no spinal cord damage
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 Dalek

6 hours ago

The story I got from trackside was that he walking Adam's bike bike down the track but later on was egged on by spectators to ride it, then the brakes were set up opposite to aussie style (left brake back brake) and he reefed on the front brake thinking it was the back brake and went OTB, but from what I see he cased the front wheel into the 2nd stutter and OTB.

When I was walking out the gate after presentations, Cops were turning up maybe to fill out an incident report.

Anyway, helmets work, and only ride DH with a helmet on, end of story. Rest up to both riders!
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 Careful with that "Ridiculous!" headline, I wouldn't want pinkbike to cross over to buzzfeed clickbait territory. "This guy took Adam Brayton's bike. What happened next will shock you!" God I hate that shit.
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 I don't wish that kind of crash on anyone, especially someone that was trying to be helpful and to have a bit of (albeit not very wise) fun in the process. The guy could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life after something like that and for those of you with the insults, may you never be in his shoes and if you are, I hope you remember your comments.
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 Not only rediculous, but an absolutely brutal crash. We can only hope both make a full recovery
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 Just remember that this guy could easily have been your brother, friend, or son. Put yourself in his family's place. Just saying...
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 Ignoring if he stole it or the amount of skill that guy had, it was extremely ignorant and dangerous to do this. All week Wc level riders have been crashing hard on multiple occasions on this track. He made a very stupid decision climbing on that bike and everybody that saw him go should have stopped him. Even if it would have been another WC rider, going down a track like this with no protection whatsoever is asking for it, think about murphy's law. I agree about we all did something stupid but that doesn't mean we need to let people go and break their neck for no reason appart from showing off. This guy could have died on the spot.
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 No, we dont need to let people do that, but we need to stop saying that he deserve it, no one deserves that.
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 I didn't say he deserved it, who Am I to judge. I said he was looking for it and you can't deny that
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 No one deserves that kind of pain even the stupid ones.The kid was trying to show of and not steal the bike.Apparently uci is not doing their job right as there was no one there to stop him.As the sport grows up idiots will show up imagine a spectator trying to ride Stewarts dirt bike on track.
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 Wow, so much negativity!! He was asked by marshals to take the bike down the bottom of the hill. He was getting heckled to ride it, so he did. Yes, dumb ass for not having a helmet on, but faaaaaaaaark was that a hard face plant, poor bastard went full scorpion!! The Aussie NTB Forums on the book of face have had a few witnesses (and some of his mates) comment that he did suffer a neck and back fracture. Wish him a speedy recovery (even if he deserves a kick in the behind from event organisers and emergency services).
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 OK guys, READ THIS!
Peaty Has just cleared it up on Facebook with regards to Ben McGowan (downed spectator)
He has two broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder (in his words "all fixable"). He did not steal the bike as we already know so can people please stop insinuating that he did.
Heal up fast Ben, hope you're back racing again soon Smile
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 Update from Hope Technology's Adam Brayton.'Yo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn't thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. I think he's ok though he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty k'od but that's all I know I'm going to pop down to hospital tomorrow and see how he's doing'.
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 Oh man, hope that he's right that the kid was OK and 'just' concussed/KO'd because that wreck was GNARLY
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 Dayyyum he got whooped d' whooped
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 It takes a certain personality type to feel this guy deserves pain and suffering. This world could use less of these types.
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 I just read all the comments above 100 plus to get some facts down before I LMFAO , then breath , this guy really got hurt bad, i hope everyone learns a lesson from this . I'm not sure what it is but clearly a lesson to be learned ...
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 "Hold my beer........watch this"
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 According to Vital MTB what happened was the brake levers had been swapped and he grabbed a handfullof the front brake thinking it was the back!
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 All this self righteous judgement of others, expressed in smug, snarky commentary and based on so little information must be very fun. Why would so many pinkbike posters engage in it? Here's a hint for those that do it: All that applause you hear in your head for your "witty little comment" is nothing more than your imagination. Grow up or at least try to develop some empathy.
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 Natural Selection in action.
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 Potential candidate for Darwin's award !
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 Survival of the fittest, and we're winning!


Seriously, the bike did have to come down the track, so he didn't steel it IMO.
Should have known not to go that hard on that track though...
Still 'hope' ;-) he's doing fine... (got it?)
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 Adam said in the caption to this page that he was a good man and he's going to see him in hospital and states he doesn't understand why he hits the whoops as he says he clearly hasn't said that the man tried to steal the bike
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 Initiate "straya" comments
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 Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!!
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 Oi Oi Ouch!
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 damo and darren!!!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmL72sgVdAQ

waitin for the train!!!!!
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 His last thought before losing consciousness, "...but they make it look so easy..."

But in all seriousness, that spectator went down really hard with no protection at all, I hope he's okay.
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 Its too bad he didn't get to ride all the way to the bottom.

Would've been a riot to hear Warrener scream "Look at the time!" and have Cunny just sit there and sorta mumble about
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 YO EVERYONE, WATCH IN SLOW MO, JUST CLICK THE COG LOOKING THING ON THE YOUTUBE PLAYER AND SELECT THE SPEED AS 2.5, shows just how bad it was. And i just now realized i had been typing in caps, sorry not tryina scream at your face.
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 To all the dicks that think he stole the bike at a World Cup event, fuck me how dumb are you.pressure the bloke was coming down with paramedics walking the bike then you come in to an area with around two thousand spectators majority being downhillers yelling ride the bike ride the bike what would most of us do ride the fucking wouldn't we,get well soon brother.ps To all those dumb arse opinionated wankers keep them to yourself and show some respect.
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 There's so many neg comments on this. So what a guy tried to help and ended up crashing. I bet most of the people on here would of done the same thing. There's so many haters out there in this sport.
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 "The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. "

it could have been worse, I definetely hope he is a young lad and recovers fast!
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 ...Ouch, No helmet that gotta hurt
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 How about you moderators do some moderating on here hey. I've been banned on here for 5 days for something so petty that i cant even remember what it was, but this bullshit it still up here?!?!?!?!?!???
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 This just in: Steve Peat speaks that the guy is a good bloke instagram.com/p/nR_fyBSlGv
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 Has anoyone on here thought why he was even allowed to ride the bike down the course? No armour and no full face helmet. I wonder what Hope and Adam Brayton think of the fact that a total stranger rode several thousand of pounds worth of their bike down a severe mud soaked world cup track. He not only smashed himself up but also o their bike to. I wish him all the best but a very harsh lesson learned here.
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 wouldnt have happened if he was on a 29er !
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 i actually LOLed
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 Let's just say he was taking the bike down to the bottom for an injured rider. With that course it was probably easier to roll down than clamber down with the bike. He barely carried any real speed into the section so was far from really showing off. The speed he was taking was more than likely down to the crowd pushing him on, so with that in mind, NO he didn't deserve that! I hope he is OK as his neck and back took a beating.
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 That's one Strava segment he won't be bragging about.
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 Maybe was just trying to get some media attention. Or he was just drunk and it seemd to him like a great idea in that moment.. Smile
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 I hope hes ok and we get an update how hes doing. Instead of saying this guy deserved it which he does not we should be all showing him some support. He gave us all a good laugh no reason to hate him
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 What the fk was he thinking!
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 what if the crowd was cheering him on to ride down the course on the bike he was supposed to be pushing!?!?
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 Anyone knows what happened to the guy?? I am super curious of his condition but cannot find any info... I Googled a bit but could not find anything... Since it was a pretty serious accident/show I thought the news would be out there by now. Let me know if you know anything about the guy or his situation...
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 Two broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder I think but you probs have seen that by now. Hope the lad heals quick and doesn't take too much notice of the idiots posting their retarded judgements on here! Peaty tweeted about the situation if you wanna find out more check that out dude
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 I'm guessing a former rugby fan, recently converted to DH. Didn't get the memo about not striking in the playing field. Guess we're lucky he wasn't naked. Would have been a hell of a crash scene.
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 The best part is this happened just after we saw a video segment from Needles telling us we need to protect ourselves when we ride!
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 Lad, forget all the negative comments - they're all retards and 11yr olds. We have a better idea of how/ what happened now and I've read about your injuries so I hope you recover quickly! #f*ckallconsequences !!
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 that people actually think random Joey actually STOLE the bike is the most incredulous thing of the weekend. just....stunning
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 hey, here in my country was with my friends watching the final on-line, closed the door about 40 minutes, is a complete stupidity that made the viewer, I hope even still alive hard hit his head, one wolrd cup DH lacking security. Greetings from Mexico ... I saw the race at 1:00 am in my local time.
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 Yes Adam Brayton the Kestril at least got her flying for the day! FairPlay to the bloke for giving it a go but trying to ride down a World Cup track on a bike you aren't used to without a helmet....... What a clown but hope he has a speedy recovery along with Brayton.
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 The latest reports are that he cracked two vertebrae, but can still move arms/legs. Very lucky - yes, a stupid thing to do - but he didn't "deserve" it. I'd like to know why the marshal said "sure - just take his bike, walk it down the track - thanks"... And then - it was the crowd who said he should ride it... FAIL - in lots of departments - starting with Adam Brayton...!
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 Wow. That dude didn't even make it past the second bump. Guess that goes to show its not the bike that makes the champ.
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 report says brake levers were reversed.
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 most aussies i've seen run moto style....
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 This was posted by Steve Peat on FB:

Ok everyone, it is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers
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 Saw this over on Vital, sounds like the guy will have no permanent/disabling injuries

"Ok everyone, this is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers"
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 You should get your facts straight before throwing negative comments at this guy. He volunteered to walk the bike down to the pits, he walked the bike down the track stalling the race. All the spectators started pushing him to ride down and so he did. But the brakes were on Aussie style (front brake on the right). That's why he died in the whoops.

I've seen spectators from where the shit went down write about this on vital and other sites. I wasn't there so I don't know for sure. But I salute you sir, get well.
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 I consider myself to be quite a humorous guy (hence the name), but this clip isnt funny or even "ridiculous" as the heading states. This is a video of a serious injury, when I see LOL's and ROFL's on here- I think "Anthill magnifying glass sadist".
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 It's not every day that you get to ride a world cup DH bike on a world cup track. Sucks that he got injured but that's part of the game really. He didn't steal the bike he was taking it down the track for Adam after he broke his leg. And after a couple of beers and getting stoked all weekend from watching the worlds fastest riders you would seize that opportunity if you enjoy having fun. Just this time it didn't quite go as planned... Next time more speed, lean back and send it!
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 In the vid you can see that he let the front end drop into the second whoop.....bad technique. I think he had the speed to skim the tops if he would have just held the front up. Or he should have taken the chicken line on the left like Claudio!
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 Ouch, really starting to think Adam Brayton has a cursed bike, poor guys career is wracked with injury and now this... of all the bikes to borrow :/
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 Amazing, no helmet, probably drunk! That's awesome fans keep it up!
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 I cant blame him because who could say no to that woop section? Not this guy!
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 Stole/borrowed the bike. Whatever. Entertainers are among the most paid, talked about and celebrated people on this earth. And this guy gave us his 15 minutes of fame at the price of his health. LEGENDARY!
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 This is unbelievable. Couldn't believe it when I heard it and was hoping there would be videos released today. I hope that guy is ok that was a hard slam
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 Brayton's a true gent for his message defending the spectator, especially when he must be feeling gutted for what's probably the end of his season. Healing vibes to the both of them
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 is a bad ass dh rider that was brutal hope make a full recovery legend rider
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 ride it like you stole it.
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 Don't know how true this is but the guy apparently broken c4 and c6 vertebrae. Like I said this is just chatter online hope it isn't true and hr just got knocked out
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 You guys at Pinkbike could at least change the title. It doesn't do justice to the poor fellow
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 Do you people even know who stacy kohut is? I believe he prolly knows alot more about spinal injuries and safety issues at downhill events than anyone on here. Show some f@#cking respect. Nuff respect stacy kohut!
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 Some people just get well into what ever there watching ...he did no harm ,you never know , I might score for England at the World Cup lol
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 crashing sucks. I don't feel sorry for some guy blasting down a world cup track with out a helmet. He gets into the twit Olympics award.
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 he probably just wanted to have some fun and ride a sick bike but it didn't turn out the way he hoped... he wasn't stealing it, if he wanted to steal it he wouldn't of rode down the track he wouldve just darted
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 To everyone on PB who commented about a helmet: YEA, let me just chill on the side of a world cup race with my full face on, goggles set, all my gear ready to go, just in hopes there's a chance to ride someone's DH bike down the course in the middle of the race......
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 The spectator was the mate of the rider who crashed and he thought it would be a good idea to ride his mates bike back to the bottom for him (without a helmet) and broke his C5 and C6 and one of his legs, well so ive heard
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 the word you are looking for is twat lol
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 He was the fastest on the speed trap.
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 hope both riders are okay, however stupid the idea was to take someone elses bike
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 A wise man once said to me "stupid should hurt." Whatever the riders intention, theft, or trying to help out, riding down a World Cup DH course without a helmet is stupid.
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 love reading these comments there are way to many keyboard warriors on here healing vibes to that man looked painfull
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 what a moron.. world cup course and no lid... Darwin has done his job
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 Peaty talked with the guy, he didnt try to steal adam's bike and has 2 broken vertebrae and dislocated shoulder instagram.com/p/nR-g_FmZd8
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 What a friggin' idiot!!!!!
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 UPDATE: official news from Steve peat Instagram page is that the guy broke 6 vertebrae and dislocated his shoulder . No brain damage or paralysis luckily
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 I think it's pretty sick that pinkbike is actually posting this video think of the kids family they are going through hell right now.
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 PBR, profesional bike riding they only had to hang on for 8 sec... that's one mad bull
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 He might not of stollen the bike, but he's an idiot for trying to ride down like he did... worst still, he's a Brit!

www.facebook.com/SpannerBunny
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 Good to read the email and see how well Adam took it so much respect... also he sounds in good spirits!
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 PINKBIKE- please find this guy for an interview
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 Absolutely. 135000+ reads, I think this guy needs a follow up. No he didn't have a helmet on but damn it, when I think of the dumb things I've done in the heat of the moment....... i'm glad they didn't end that badly. Heal well dude!
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 He was taking the riders bike back down to the pits for him ! And he got carried away and it the woops , broken his neck and dislocated his shoulder
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 This means being a course-marshal will no longer be a "beer-stop" anymore.

Rapid healing vibes to both riders!
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 Since when is Darwin associated with the WC on the weekend? Dudes are so miss informed.
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 Gnarliest crash I think i've ever seen. Too bad this guy was apparently just trying to help out
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 Any news on the boys condition? To all the colins and derecks saying he deserved it F you!!!
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 id like to thank him. If it wasnt for him being a total moron and crashing hence holding up the event i would have been at work and missed 90% of it but instead i got to watch it all !!!
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 I hope that because of the stupid decision done by this bloke that insurance/public liability doesn't pull out from letting Australia hold another UCI Downhill event.
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 He didnt steal it, he was doing a favour to Brayton
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 Sh!t happens unfortunately
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 Pretty amazed at all the sympathy really. He did a pretty stupid thing in the first place (what sort of dick steals a pros bike?) whilst most likely drunk, not to mention probably with an overinflated viewpoint on his own abilities. But he did it on a very treacherous wc dh course. And to top it off, on the one section of the course that had caused most concern for the fastest, sober, bike pilots on earth. The guy is a b*llend, no doubt. There's a great bill hicks joke about a kid jumping out of a window on acid... Look it up Wink
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 Mr Minimus - was 'your old man having a w*nk and your momma sat on it at the last minute?' Yeah probably with a comment like that. Bill Hicks would have got the joke and understood shit happens when your pissed and the peer pressure cuts in.
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 Lol.. There's a lot of people calling out his stupidity bro.
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 heal up man. any sponsors reading this...send him a full face and a neck brace, and send him back for redemption if he heals up! best wishes to him.
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 My have been a dumb move but hope the dude is ok Wow that was brutal
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 wtf...all those idiots...just stood there...
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 shock i guess. last thing they were expecting. plus you have to know what you're doing to help someone who has blatantly just suffered a serious spinal injury
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 The only idiot is laying there in the middle of the track.
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 yeh awesome
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 guys really...stop.
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 pretty harsh how no one goes to him like i know dont go on the track and all that but people seem like oh cool not oh shit
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 IOD: Idiot Of the Day
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 I only thought yard sales happen on snow.
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 Fail of the month!!
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 en todos lados, en cualquier rincon del mundo, hay un idiota. ojala este bien everywhere, in every corner of the world, there are an idiot. hopefully this well
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 Darwinism at its finest!. Poor kid tho.
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 that whoop section looks fun.
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 I wish we could see footage of how that particular spot was meant to be handled just for contrast
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 2 broken vertabrae and a dislocated shoulder, 'all fixable' check peaty's instagram, Lucky guy to not be paralized
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 The situation is funny...both guys are fine and laughing about it Quit the bitching
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 ...who let him get on the bike in the first place?
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 but i do like the double knee to the fod, now thats class
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 Lol the Asian guy standing there like: "dafuq?!"
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 No helmet or armor down a WC DH course? I guess you, uh, "you f*ck a bull, then you must be horny".
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 Karma is a bitch!!
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 He's broken two vertabre and a dislocated shoulder, and as Adam says those woopsies did look awesome!
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 What time was it on the live feed?
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 It wasn't - there was no camera there and the commentary box didn't really get told properly what occurred until the race got back underway
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 Yeah, there was no coverage of this section of the track on the live feed or the replay of it =/
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 The first time Peaty came down the hill...when all the red flags were out on course.
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 That's why I don't drink and bike
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 that could of went better
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 Your grammar offends me.
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 What a splash, hope there both ok though!!
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 That Asian's face....
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 Wouldn't have happened if he was on a 29er
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 This idiot is going to brake a record for post on pb, lmao
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 What is everyone complaining about? That was a sick move, props to you dude.

Best rag doll ever.
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 Bike probably shouldn't be repaired..........its obviously cursed!
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 Now its really a cairnage
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 Welcome to the World Cup......
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 I heard that he has broken your neck, is not it?
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 STRAYAAA MATE!!!
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 Leave it to the pro's!
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 Bravo, I think this thred set a record on comments
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 Crazy idea!! What a fudpot.
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 Mmmmm i dont know i dont know to be or not to be
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 I bet danny hart is laughin at that "colin" haha. This will be the most memorable moment of this race ha an who knows , mab the season...
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 His suspension is set up all wrong
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 Give that dude a Darwin Price!
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 @ Protour, your a TOOL! Love all the neg props.
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 I like the term bogan, so much better than pikey
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 Adam Brayton ; A dingo stole ma' push bike
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 Crocodile dundee style
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 What an idiot! That guy will definitely be feeling that when he wakes up Facepalm
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 Sorry for the reply and double post guys and gals......
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 floppy neck ouch sleeping.
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 Not good for either rider.
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 Good work Peaty for setting everybody straight!
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 Maybe he's the next Travis Pastrana with 199 lives!
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 Add him to Darwin Awards for 2014
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 Very definition of stupid.......yet how many riders won't learn a damn thing from it and other vids of guys smashing their faces up. Just keep riding without gear people. The heard needs to be thinned anyway!
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 ANIMAL DE TETA!!!!
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 and this's jackass??
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 Please neg prop the crap out of me but if a stranger tried to ride my 10000$ race rig down a track I would beat the shit out of him.
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 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk me ensina a fazer isto ??
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 STRAYAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
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 can't believe such people exist
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 What was he thinking?! XD
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 This was posted by Steve Peat on FB:

Ok everyone, it is Ben Bunny McGowan, he is the reason I got a 2nd run yesterday and I just chatted with him about his injuries. He has 2 broken vertebrae and a dislocated shoulder, (in his words"all fixable") he was doing @adbrayton a favour by taking his bike to the bottom, he didn't steal it!!!! The rumours are now cleared up and I want to say heal fast Ben, no probs about my re run!! I needed it. Cheers
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