A special tip of the hat is due to the riders from Pinkbike forum "Trail Conditions for Calgarians
" who supplied a lot of the information refuting the claims of Stelios Psaroudakis in the initial claims of barb wire sabotage
resulting in injuring on Calgary's Bragg Creek trails, originally reported by Pinkbike and other news media. A summary of the developments is that it's almost certain that Stelios is not even a cyclist; that he did not even own the bike which was purported to be stolen and that the entire thing was a con-job designed to elicit community support and prime a GoFundMe to replace a bike which he never proved to own.Some developments are as follows:
1. GoFundMe pulled Stelios's attempt to prime a $8,000 campaign to replace the (non-existent) stolen bike and has imposed a ban on him starting campaigns.
2. The RCMP issued an arrest warrant for Stelios in connection with his dubious claims to have run into barbed wire strung across a Bragg Creek trail.
An anonymous source contacted Pinkbike to report that Stelios was riding an electric trike on private property when he lost control of the trike and ran into a fence thus injuring his neck. The source then conveyed the report to the Cochrane RCMP detachment; the same detachment issuing the arrest warrant. Stelios has since deleted his Facebook account and his former number is now unlisted. Accordingly, attempts to reach him to obtain an explanation were unsuccessful.Updated sourcesCBC
regarding the GoFundMe campaign. Global News
regarding the GoFundMe campaign. CBC
regarding the police charges. Cochrane Eagle
regarding the police charges Global News
regarding the police charges and Stelios's statement that this was a "white lie".