Pinkbike Poll - Have You Had a Near Death Experience on Your Bike?

Oct 17, 2013 at 15:49
by Mike Levy  
Many of us have been there: that one jump when you thought that it might be all over, or maybe you rolled into an exposed line that bordered on being a do or die sorta move. It also certainly doesn't take a Mountain Dew fuelled decision to get yourself into a life or death situation on your mountain bike, with a seemingly simple wrong turn followed by a few bad choices able to lead one down a path that they might not ever return from. Light fades, weather rolls in, and all of a sudden that single jersey and Double Espresso Clif Shot energy gel might not be enough to see you through a few chilly nights of exposure, especially if you also managed to injure yourself. And let's not forget about what can happen, however remote the chances are, when a lone rider stumbles upon a cougar, grizzly bear, or honey badger at the wrong time, surely a fate that is in the back of the minds of those who make a habit of hitting the trails solo. But you don't have to be competing in the Red Bull Rampage or riding your bike around in circles in the grizzly bear enclosure with raw steaks strapped to your CamelBak to put your life at risk during a ride, with all sorts of innocuous looking incidents being capable of laying a rider down for the longest nap.

Kelly McGarry s backflip off the canyon gap.This was the first time anyone has ever flipped the canyon gap. Second place for McGazza
Diamondback's Kelly McGarry flipping the 72ft canyon gap on his way to a second place at the Red Bull Rampage. McGarry stomped it with authority, but it's fair to say that this could be considered a life and death kind of move.

Our sport surely isn't as dangerous as many other activities, though, especially those where there are more factors at play than just your own decisions. Take serious mountain climbing for example, a sport that without a doubt requires a healthy dose of Cam Zink-link courage, an insane amount of technical know-how, and a mix of fitness and stubbornness that maybe only Jens Voight possesses in the two-wheeled world. Oh, and lets not forget about that fickle bitch, Mother Nature, who can kill you about a dozen different ways if she happened to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. The list of activities more dangerous than riding a bicycle in the woods stretches on far longer than those that might be considered less dangerous - cliff jumping or cave diving. Backcountry skiing. Football. Anything with a motor. Navigating a set of steep stairs if you're older than eighty. The only answer, one that most readers here on Pinkbike will undoubtedly agree with, is to just get yourself outside and do what you enjoy doing.

I think that it would a near unanimous vote if Pinkbike users were asked if the risks associated with mountain biking are worth the reward, though, because when it's all said and done we're doing this sport because we love it. There is no paycheck involved for all but a relative few of the world's best riders, and the feeling of pushing your personal limits, be it with fitness or skills, is one of the reasons why many of us are out there.





237 Comments

  • 107 13
 If you ain't crashing, ain't pushing hard enough.
  • 31 1
 I wish to congratulate anyone who can truly live up to that sentence. I know it's true, but I don't ride that way, I'm comfortable and I have accepted it long time ago. It's a question how little you can crash and still progress as a rider and if that pace of progression is satisfactory for you. Crash is a crash, it's what you make of it that makes you a better rider and a better man.
  • 11 2
 hahaha yep!!! For a long time I had always said, man I want to crash!!! (so I know I am pushing myself) but then I crash twice in 3 months and both of them take me off the bike for 4 weeks. During those 4 weeks i then asked myself, "why did I ever want to crash?!!?! I just want to ride!!!!"
  • 12 1
 Parked up the bike for nearly a year once...was a worse near death experience than any crash I ever had.

but seriously nowadays i prefer to get home in one piece and get out again the next day.

ride safe people Salute

oh and if you crash all the time I think you may be doing something wrong Wink
  • 6 1
 I feel like I am becoming my father whenever I am writing all that sht about crashing... I don't feel adult at all... I just feel boring... can't wait for my kids to grow up to do stupid and dangero... i mean super fun stuff with them!
  • 2 1
 I agree airsoft but I also think that you do need a couple of close calls to know you are pushing yourself
  • 7 0
 Wakidesigns, it is a wonderful and fulfilling experience when you can finally ride with your kids and live vicariously through them.....I loving riding but still have to work. My kids on the other hand, love riding and pushing their limits. They have broken many bones in pursuit of the adrenaline. I love listening to the excitement in their voices when they clear that gap or hit that huge drop. It's one of the greatest joys as a parent!!! At that moment I know I have done my job as a parent by introducing them to the world of off road biking......
  • 1 0
 That's what my dad said when I asked if I could take off my protection armor.
  • 1 0
 why do u even think about crashing? it just happens. shit happens move on, enjoy riding
  • 2 0
 While true, I need to be able to perform other daily activities at a reasonable level. If I'm crashing every ride, people will think I joined some underground fight club. Maybe in a perfect world we could all live by this creed, but to most its just not practical.
  • 2 0
 Another thing for me is observing how much longer does it take to recover from even sma... Fk, I can't - felt old, grumpy and beige again... I've got some pre-mid-life crisis indeed... Live your life to the fullest people!
  • 1 0
 I once missed a turn in a bike park... Instead of a smooth trail, I was greeted by a super-gnarly steep slope below the chairlift, lined in sharp rocks about 5-10 inches big. I remember giving the brakes all I possibly could - and I still sped up. I wasn't wearing many protectors at that time, just a fullface and a set of shin guards. I have no idea how I managed to stay on the bike... I just knew - crashing there wouldn't be painful, it would've been lethal. I was going down a hellhole at 30 something miles an hour. Whenever the slope finally began to level, I had a very strange feeling. It was a mix of fear and limitless accomplishment. I felt the same way when I woke up after falling from a tree... into a river. I had been away for a few minutes, luckily enough I had landed face up, not down. Today, I ride more careful than back then. I hardly ever crash. It's probably just a part of growing up...
  • 76 0
 My mom thinks everything is near death
  • 6 1
 that is so fucking true
  • 4 0
 thats okay...im in the same boat!
  • 7 0
 AHAHHA, so true. Showed her Rampage winning runs vids and had a hard time convincing her I don't do nothing alike.
  • 8 3
 my mum thinks im a pussy for not doing stuff like rampage . IM 16 FFS !!!!
  • 60 6
 Oh yeah I've had many "near death" experiences.. thats part of why I ride. I get bored when I dont ride on the edge. I've also been hospitalized, in a wheel chair, crutches, casts, concussion, ext. SO, now when I'm on the edge I'm riding at 98% instead of 110% like when I was younger.. its a much safer option. I'd prefer to be able to ride tomorrow than risk the extra "edge".
  • 11 3
 That's the key for me, 98% instead of all out and then some. My body doesn't heal the same at 35 as it did in my twenties and younger. Even at 98% shit still happens, just had a plate and some screws put in my arm... Sucks balls. Although my worst accident wasn't on dirt, but playing with cars. Old man cut in front of me, grabbed whole lot of brake, didn't slow down, hit front quarter panel and went through the windshield. Broke my sternum, collar bone, busted ribs, punctured lung, torn rotator cuff, broken arm/shoulder, broken back, tore the quad off the bone, cracked tib, partial to full tear of the pcl/mcl/acl, and a concussion sever enough that I would still partially blackout 2 months after the accident. Couple surgeries and I was back on my feet.

I've also had others, both on dirt and snow. Shits getting old, so I've reevaluated my approach, taking up photography to offset the adrenaline junky that's part of my soul.
  • 51 4
 I would imagine road bikers have many more near death experiences putting faith into the motorists which drive by them downtown or on highways. Bear and animal encounters are possible for AM/DH riding but I think the possibility for fatal injury is much higher on the pavement. One of the reasons why you'll never catch me in lycra pedaling on the side of a highway....
  • 3 7
flag jradl (Oct 17, 2013 at 21:58) (Below Threshold)
 That's why they make seatbelts so that doesn't happen Smile
  • 2 4
 Crushed in a section of my helmet and broke my leatt. Came out brushed and what may have been a cracked wrist. Wrist took 2 months to feel ~100%, the rest felt better two weeks after.

Also, wrecked my knee (had surgery on my PCL) at Northstar on a stupid mistake. I didn't get surgery for 2 years (worst mistake), nearly 100% now.
  • 24 3
 last time I had a near death experience it involved a plastic bag over my head, my right hand and my pants round my ankles.
  • 15 8
 yeah i followed an xc rider almost died laughing
  • 5 6
 albrow22 was your experience around the same time my mums underwear started to go missing!!!!!
  • 3 3
 'Live to ride another day'
  • 4 7
 "do one thing every day that scares you"
  • 2 1
 All my near death moments on a bike have been while riding on the road. Vehicles, pavement, guard rails and curbs... that's dangerous shit. At least around here, downhilling is safer than road riding.
  • 2 0
 The biggest crash I've had was with a tree as a novice rider and I saved my bike thinking I had control. The biggest lesson learned for me was to throw the bike and not care what happens to it. The near death I had was a hard concussion off a dirt jump that made the left side of my body go limp for a few seconds. Scary shit to say the least. Lesson learned there was don't hit a huge dirt jump on someone else's set up. I ride more refined these days and with the experience under my belt I always wear the gear when downhilling or jumping. Dump the bike when need be and never touch another persons bike until you know how it handles. The biggest thing is to stay within your skill level. There was a time when I could hit some seriously big jumps which I can still do today. The reality is I don't ride every single day like I used to so I'm not at the skill level I once was. I can easily build back to that point but you have to build off of your skill level in whatever state it's in. That's the key to minimizing crashes and enjoying your ride and future rides.
  • 4 1
 I broke my pinky once..
  • 1 0
 I jumped 45ft of a 50ft gap and bounced head first into a rock and clay bank. Out for a few minutes, but still going hard. Thank god for mr leatt
  • 40 1
 I've been hit and dragged under a car. It happened so fast, I was under the car before I so much as blinked. The girl was on her phone and never even saw me and only stopped because of the horrible grinding sound of my bike being dragged underneath her car. I walked away from it, and her wheels taco-ed my tires but missed my legs. Ever since then, even though I was being completely safe when I was hit, I've always looked two or three times over my shoulder, constantly. It's definitely made me realize how quickly and easily you can be killed by a car. We're not the menace to them, contrary to popular belief... they're the ones that will crush you in a split second if they're not paying complete attention.
  • 17 3
 I have had a few close calls. Sending jumps and nose mannying out, almost falling off the side of freight train, sending jumps to flat, almost shooting out into a river, not bringing whips back, hitting trees and blacking out, riding new lines for the first time and the list goes on. But it's why I ride, that constant push and on edge feeling. Sitting at the top of a new trail or hit, not so sure if you want to hit it, heart racing and shitting in those tld shorts. And you go for it because a friend does or because you're in the mood, stomping a huge jump or shredding a loamy line and getting the bottom just shaking. But just so fucking stoked. I like to look back after a run like that and think back to when I first started riding, and just think about how a few years ago I wouldn't have even imagined of hitting it.
  • 3 0
 Thats gnar. I swear riding on the road can be sketchier than riding mtb at times, I hate relying on how much drivers are paying attention for my safety.
  • 1 0
 Likewise, I had a kidney removed, lacerated liver and spleen, messing around on Dh trails, just a weird crash.. Took me a good 6 months to be able to operate vaguely normally. Was the best thing that happened to me and how I live my life. Life is short, do things that make you happy..!
I still ride 10 years on and push harder than ever, obviously I'm a better rider now, but shit happens, so don't back it off.. Its the
stupid shit that will get you.. 100% focus.. !
  • 1 0
 Cretin82, dude.... you just described mountain biking for me.... so deep haha. I read that and thought you took the words out of my mouth, me and my riding mate have been saying the exact same thing.
  • 2 0
 Live to ride Ride to live
  • 1 0
 Wow
  • 1 0
 Add a side/rear view mirror on your bar?
  • 1 0
 Adding a side view mirror won't help you when you are stopped, waiting for a car to turn and they drive up on the sidewalk, where you were waiting to go up to a store... especially when they drive onto the sidewalk because they cut the turn too sharp. Trust me.
  • 1 0
 It would help in many other circumstances (eg. long busy straights).
  • 1 0
 yeah i hit a car hard when i was 14. completely my fault but smashed the windscreen, dented the bonnet and cracked my helmet in half. doc said i would have died if i wasn't wearing it but luckily got away with being KOed for about 10 mins and a few bruises and sprains
  • 1 0
 Did u yell at her? I woulda scared some sense into her.
  • 37 2
 4 years ago I was out on a moto ride by myself , got a bit over excited into long fast corner, high sided at 120 kmh and slid 30 meters into thick bush land off the trail. I was stuck there for 2 days until a bloke in a big 4x4 seen my bike from the trail, I got air lifted out and had 2 broken legs and multiple compressed disks in my back . But the only thing that's changed for me is that I don't ride alone, from my experience it only made me want to ride harder and not let the bike or trails concour me
  • 9 1
 fark bro, mega props, 2 days by yourself all broken and such, what a trooper
  • 4 1
 I had about a litre of water in my camelback, a can of energy drink, 2 bananas a lighter and a half pack of smokes to help me get through . The bananas were pretty mushy but yeah it was getting pretty scary towards the end there but it also opened my eyes to survival in a big way
  • 3 1
 Your fortionate that you had thought to bring food and water with you. And very lucky someone saw you. Count your lucky stars my friend. Im sure you do everyday.
  • 2 1
 Wow sounds nasty, glad you made it man!
  • 31 4
 I almost died in hospital due to serious internal injuries from overshooting a jump, 7 hours under the knife to keep me alive, was lucky enough to come out the other end. BEST thing to ever happen to me.
  • 3 1
 I hear ya. I almost bled out on the trail one time (over 2.5L of blood loss). Over 4 hours in vascular surgery, blood filters to shred the blood clots I had, blood thinners for 3 months, and some other unspeakable injuries......While I'm not so thrilled it happened to me, it really does provide you with a new perspective on everything.
  • 3 2
 I also almost got killed by serious internal injuries from overshooting a jump. 9 hour surgery, 7 days in hospital. Couldn't wait to get back on the bike and shred harder than ever.
  • 1 0
 Likewise, I had a kidney removed, lacerated liver and spleen, messing around on Dh trails, just a weird crash.. Took me a good 6 months to be able to operate vaguely normally. Was the best thing that happened to me and how I live my life. Life is short, do things that make you happy..!
I still ride 10 years on and push harder than ever, obviously I'm a better rider now, but shit happens, so don't back it off.. Its the
stupid shit that will get you.. 100% focus.. !
  • 27 3
 Who comes up with the poll questions? "Near death" is a matter of opinion. Were you so scared you thought you were gonna die? Did you hurt yourself but really your ok? Or did you actually huck onto your face and really seriously injure yourself, to the point where you can't even ride? Cause to me that's near death. We charge, we crash. Not everyone gets up. What about tedman on the world record jump?? Air lifted out, coma, brain damage etc.. That's near death in my books. I've got hurt, we all have.. But very few people actually experience my opinion of a " near death" incident.
  • 9 3
 It is absolutely irrelevant and not comparable how bad ass is someone's near death experience. It's like talking about what is true love, waiting for someone 50 years until he/she gets out of jail or screwing in the club toilet after taking Ecstasy. If someone feels it was such an experience then let him be, there is no way in getting to him/her with images of people who as a result of an accident went to 5 day coma, lost their legs, one eye, penis, god knows what else, paralysis - it's stupid to try. Don't mess with someone's feelings Smile

All I can say is that none of sane people, top sportsmen in particular would like to get hurt. They understand that it is a part of the game, they might tell you some hard injury was the best thing that happened to them (Nelson Mandela in jail anyone?), but if you'd ask them, they'd never like to get injured again. Most of us want to be on the edge, but only a douche feels awesome after getting hurt, because he can boost his ego by posting pics from hospital and talking what he went through and how he wants to get back strong.

There are better and smarter ways of becoming one with yourself and the universe.
  • 3 0
 I thought the same thing...stupid poll question complete with 4 stupid options for answers. Mountain biking isn't much of a death sport anyways. I wonder how many people have actually died from riding a mountain bike, not related to cars? Probably not that many. This poll only serves to propagate the BS macho attitudes that persist around here.
  • 4 0
 Haha, a lot here will tell you they've had a near death experience though because a lot here are super gnar, riding the brown pow, hucking over the entire state of Rhode Island, sick nasty, radical... um... EXTREMEME (I mispelled it, but I"ll leave it, that's how extreme they are) riders.

My worst crash,dislocated a shoulder, seperated the other shoulder, dislocated a knee, broke 6 ribs, fractured pretty much the rest, broke a good amount of bones in my right foot and hand, fractured a bunch of others, had a concussion, internal bleeding, and knocked two teeth out more or less. There was other crap I can't remember that was more minor, and I wouldn't even consider that near death. Shitty? Oh yeah. Near death? Nah.

The best part? It was a crash on what many here would consider an "XC" trail (let's be honest though, most here think any trail is an xc trail unless it's rampage), I just went too fast and got too squirrely. That tree still has scars on it from when we met. So do I. I always stop and look at it when I ride that trail. I consider us kin now.

I always get jittery at that exact spot in the trail. I could be going faster than I've ever gone, and I know I can get through that part without any brakes, but now I ALWAYS grab a little brake right before that.
  • 1 0
 Oh, and I was alone and hadn't' told my room mates where I was. Took me about 35 attempt to get a call through out where I was. Unless you really are riding XC and just cruising, ALWAYS tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
  • 7 0
 My dad got testicular cancer the same year I was born, that was my closest call I guess
  • 25 0
 The last time I had a near death experience on a bike was when I saw the current prices on decent mountain bikes.
  • 26 0
 I like stories
  • 21 0
 I nearly blew off an exposed section of trail in Moab, Definitely puckered up my butthole
  • 17 0
 There are two types of riders , one is who just crashed the other is who is going to crash
  • 11 0
 I ruptured my spleen and finished my run down the a line, ignoring the pain because I thought I was just being a baby. Didn't end up going to the hospital until 5 hours had passed. When I got there I was told it was pretty much a miracle I didn't bleed out and had to be immediatly transported. 8 lives left and definitely reevaluating my riding style. My advice: know when you're actually hurt and don't mess around.
  • 4 2
 I know what you mean, when you rupture a spleen it feels like you had a rough crash and should just shake it off. My story is similar to yours, after mine was ruptured I went to work, went home sick, took a nap, then went to the hospital because I had shoulder pain which indicates internal bleeding.
  • 2 2
 Exactly, I thought it was just a rib or something but after a long car ride home I decided to check myself out. Poked all my ribs, no extra pain to the touch, and that's when I knew it was bad. At least the spleen isn't totally necessary, although I was fortunate enough to keep mine, and it's an injury that we can recover completely from with a lesson learned.
  • 2 1
 no way, i ruptured my spleen last year too. it sucks dude. i waited a week to go to the hospital and i don't know how i wasn't dead. definitely made me an overall more cautious rider. what exactly happened to you?
  • 2 2
 These damn spleens popping haha. It was the last run of the last day of the last trip for the year to Burke mountain. I knew I wouldn't get up there again till June and I wanted another run so I was ripping down the trail. I know the last run rule but I don't know, I was just having a sick time up there and wasn't thinking. Anyway, lasted about 30 seconds before I tried transferring this stupid line way too fast, front tired washed, went otb coming to pretty much a dead stop into the side of a berm. Pretty sure it was my elbow that hit my spleen. People always joke that I have pointy elbows haha. The worst part is I didn't even get it on gopro Frown What happened to you? I can't imagine living through that pain for a week.
  • 2 1
 I ruptured my spleen this summer too! On my buddies pumptrack on the 4th of july. I didnt go to the hospital for a day and a half cause i thought i could just "sleep it off. " Doctors said if it didnt semi close itself i would have bled out before i got to the hospital. Some crazy stuff
  • 2 1
 Unfortunately they had to remove mine. But my lifestyle hasn't changed at all, other than getting blood tests every 3 months. I lost mine by sending my front tire over a high speed 180 degree berm at my house. Flew over the berm and landed against a hill, which happened to be the same place that we put all of the rocks from digging. Mine clotted after I went to the hospital, then unclotted so I crashed and they had to remove it.
  • 2 0
 That stinks man. That musta hurt like crazy! Glad to hear you're doing well. My brother actually had his removed too, except he's not as cool as you and it was a tumor :p He's been doing fine taking a prescription everyday. Something about my family and spleens lol.
  • 2 2
 I call BS
  • 3 0
 You got me Gordon, I lied. I just wanted the attention. Haha I fooled all of you, except Gordon.
  • 1 3
 obama-care will save us all
  • 13 0
 I got hit by a car once... They drove off and I laid there for a couple of hours. I wish I was smart enough at the time to wear a helmet. WEAR A HELMET!
  • 3 3
 support obama-care
  • 4 0
 Not a big fan of him. And no, not cause he's black.
  • 9 0
 I did... had an over-the-bars moment that resulted in me breaking my neck at C3/C4 and as a result I've been in a wheelchair since 2004. Can't move from my shoulders down but I still LOVE MTBING... its my single biggest motivation behind my physio... to ride independantly once more. My house is littered with photos of me riding, my friends riding, HECK I even have misc bike parts adorned on the walls as either decor, reminders of great times or just because...

I will say this tho - everyone of us that has had or will have an accident needs to remember this... living in fear of 'what if...' will never give you a life, if you walk away from an accident then its a good accident, a learning experience. We could die from a slip in the shower, being hit by a drunk driver, or getting hit by a falling coconut. If you think about what could be before you try, you'll never live to know what would've been to enjoy...

Enjoy riding your way, its your life so go play, crashing is just lifes' way of saying... ''ooops, now that was a tough lesson.''
  • 2 0
 Christ, that put my scrotum tear in perspective... Great attitude, and I hope you get back on the bike again.
  • 8 1
 One day just like normal I was ridding my local all mountain trails and I came upon this section I always clean and there is about an 80 foot drop off to to the right side, I hit this section a little too fast and slid right off the drop off, it felt like I was falling forever and I seriously thought that was the end, luckily I landed feet first right into a bush about 30 ft down, I sprained my ankle but other than that I was okay meanwhile my bike is all the way at the bottom of the canyon so I had slide on my ass all the way to bottome to retrieve my rig when I finally got to it I had to hike all the way up and around, the feeling if falling that far was a feeling of pure hopelessness and I hope to never experience it again.
  • 2 0
 That didn't happen will
  • 1 1
 Yeah it did on 2 balls and a bone I slid straight off the edge on my jamis, it may not have been near death but it was pretty fucking scary falling for that long
  • 6 0
 I was riding was riding in a sandy area, when my front wheel washed out. I went flying 30 feet in to a cement drainage canal. I landed a foot away from being impaled by a metal post. I came out with two broken shoulders, and a concussion. 8 weeks later I was riding normally again. My lesson was not to ride next to drainage systems.
  • 7 1
 Except for the articulated bus that hit my handlebar end, all my near-death/near-significant injury experiences have involved wildlife encounters while riding. The tie for top spot being between the blackbear I t-boned 25 years ago on a night ride with woefully inadequate lighting (he was minding his own business standing there across the trail eating berries and I came around the corner and smashed into his ribs) and about 15 years old I had a large male deer with a full rack jump out in front of me from behind a bush. I didn't know he was there and he probably didn't know I was coming until I was almost on top of him. His antlers removed my helmet visor and almost my eye glasses and eye balls. He jumped me like I was a moving fence.
  • 1 0
 Wildlife can be scary shit. I was chased by a cow moose after popping out in a clearing right between her and her two calves. I was shaking for the next couple hours from that.
  • 4 0
 this past weekend, a canada goose appeared out of a fern beside my bike, I saw rustling leaves and then there's a goose, running and taking flight, NEXT to my front wheel... if I had turned left it would have put his wing thru my spokes. I was doing about 20kmh which is pretty much exactly flight speed for a goose... and they don't exactly accelerate quickly so he didn't pull away and get safely clear of me for a good ten seconds. Scared my girlfriend also who was to my immediate right when it happened. When I last looked at him he was still only maybe 6 feet off the ground, trying to dodge a cow who was standing in his flight path. Its going into my honourable mentions list that also includes a rattlesnake I crushed via miss-timed bunnyhop (meant to clear him, instead I planted my back wheel right across his head on a paved bike path), and a great horned owl that was pacing me on a first-snowfall of the year night ride. He was just at the edge of the light coverage of my helmet light when I noticed him flapping along with me for a hundred meters or so.
  • 2 0
 Did you eat the snake?
  • 1 5
flag gordonshred (Oct 18, 2013 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 I call BS
  • 4 0
 What's with you and bs. And obama care? You are a canadian why do you care about obama?
  • 1 0
 rode A-line last week and some poor squirrel was trail pizza, and you know they are quick, just not quick enough!
  • 1 0
 Love a good animal encounter story! Most ive seen is deer and squirrels, no angry animals in England. Cant imagine seeing a bear on the trail let alone actually crashing into one! deeeight, was the bear mad? did he just f*ck off or did u beat him up??
  • 1 0
 Well we have mountain lions (american cougar, those tan coloured ones always eating joggers in california) and Fishers and lynx and bobcats and wolves and coyotes too. Actually I'd forgotten all about the wolf and coyote encounters the past few years as they're pretty regular around here. Last year I was riding near dusk with my girlfriend and I kept waiting for her to catch up, finally went back to see if she'd got a flat to find her talking to the trees. Came up closer and it was actually a coyote just inside the trees maybe 20 feet off the trail. It had darted across in front of her (and after I'd passed that spot) chasing a rabbit which apparently got away. Ten years ago I was rushing to get out of a trail network as I was losing daylight and had kept having mechanicals and rode thru a family of wolves as they were emerging from their dens for the night. Yelping and howling all around me in that section of forest for a good ten minutes until I cleared over to the next valley. I took a different route out of the network at that stage that put as much ground (and lakes/marshes) between us as quickly as possible. A week ago we did a corn maze in the dark and there were coyotes in the woods at the edge of the farm field yelping away but we never saw them.

As to the bear I hit, he was as surprised by my hitting him as I was at launching over the bars over him. Until the growl and hearing him tear off into the woods I thought I was going to be colliding with a large granite boulder that is situated on that trail to keep 4x4's out. It was a youngish bear going from the reaction and size of the prints he'd left in the mud on the trail and after I told the story maybe ten years ago on mtbr, another user contacted me to ask the area it had been in and then informed me he'd scene "my" bear recently in the same area.
  • 1 0
 No angry animals in England? I almost hit a badger on a night ride once. You do not want to f*ck with them... My neighbour's labrador got killed by one
  • 1 0
 Really? shit! ill watch out for those bastards then!
  • 7 1
 Near death means you died or almost died right? I've done that twice in heli-boarding avalanches. Once resulting in broken back in 4 places and second burial 8 feet under, total out and resuscitation. Took awhile to remember the alphabet. Experiences like that change you forever in lots of ways. Mountain biking is different than snow. The mountain isn't going to swallow you at 220mph. I bike instead now because when I bleed or die I want it to be because I brought it on not because the mountain attacked me.
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 I feel the exact same way about avalanches, you are really lucky to have survived that
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 i came out of the end of a trail once that ended onto the bike lane of a two lane highway and was almost nailed from behind by a truck that was going about 60 mph. ive also almost been hit by a few prius's. cant hear those damn things coming
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 i personally haven't had a near death experience. how ever in the last 2 years there have been 2 mountain bike related deaths on the north shore (vancouver) due to hitting trees when they misjudged the jump they were going off of, and if my memory serves me right they were both on biking holidays and didn't know the trails. now for me the reason i enjoy biking is that i get bored if there isnt a real good incentive to do well and for me that incentive is to avoid injury while still pushing my skills
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 I had a jump lip collapse on me, which resulted in me casing the landing. When I landed the stanchions both sheared off and one went in the opening on my full-face and hit me between the eyes. Luckily that's the thickest part of your skull, so I got away with a minor concussion and about 28 stitches.
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 My buddy and I got a kick out of riding in bad weather conditions.....hurricane Sandy hit new England and we were out at night with our lights at the peak of the storm in central mass. We kept running across downed trees everywhere and would hear them coming down in the distance during the ride. Any of them would have easily killed us if they came down over us......then I had to hide on a ditch while a terrible lightning storm rolled over me and my ride in a place where I did not know very well and got a little lost.
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 The irony that the title is about near-death and the ad above it is for the Niner RIP
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 Once I was run over by my best friend in his truck. He was driving behind me and thought it would be funny to give me a little "bump" on the rear wheel. Ended up sucking me and the bike straight under the vehicle quicker than a cheetah fart. Luckily he had the reflexes to pull the E-brake just in time to save me from getting crushed to death by his front tire. The rear wheel was completely destroyed but other than that the bike and myself were fine, just a little shaken. I guess you could say it changed the way I ride because I sure as hell don't ride in front of him in a truck anymore!
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 Hahahah "quicker than a cheetah fart" Best one liner I've heard in a while..
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 "Bump on the rear. Ended up sucking me" OK
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 Man, I must not be as hardcore as I thought I was, because a near death experience is pretty crazy. Had some bad crashes that made me chill out for a while and finally buy some body protection, but near death is some serious shit. But I make sure to crash hard every couple of years just so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth from my health insurance...
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 big Kahuna!
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 I should be very, very dead. I suffered a severe TBI two years ago now and that was just life changing. I'm so darn lucky. I was actually on a road bike that didn't have lawyer tabs, an older Specialized Allez, I think a '93? Something like that. Anyways, I worked at a shop back then and one of the guys was going away so we were going to ride around town on fixies and drink beer. I was on my way to meet up with the guys at a park, and one of the roads to the park is pretty steep and has two bigger speed bumps on. So I suspect I tried to bunny-hop the first speed bump going abut 30mph, and apparently the front wheel just- left. It was instant face to pavement. I've got an eight and a half day window with no memories, including everything the day of. The last thing I remember is calling my buddy to borrow his bike the night before my "lil incident". I was told this story of what happened about three months later because I fount out that there had been some people who had seen me go down (until then, it was all speculation). Five or six people saw the crash happen, called 911, and I was at the hospital in ten minutes. The first twenty minutes after a brain injury are the most critical, and I was in the er in ten. Unbelievable. But wait, there's more... when I went down, I was apparently laying face down and the people that had seen me go down were going to roll me over so that I didn't choke on my blood/flesh and pavement, but before they could roll me over, a woman came out of the house right in front of where I crashed and told them not to. She said that I had a brain injury, and rolling me over was the worst thing they could do. As it turned out, she was a neurologist from Fletcher Allen and this was her first day off in over a month. Holy fcuk. WAT. My life was saved numerous times before I even got to the hospital. If I could be any luckier, well, I just don't know.
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 Came up short on a jump about a month ago and spent 12 days in ICU with a lacerated spleen and kidney (luckily neither was removed), then got a blood infection and blood clot from my IV being in to long in one place. It definitely has made me rethink doing jumps I think are sketchy and has definitely made me want to wear my armour more often, even though its annoying and hot as hell.
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 I've had many concussions. One that was really bad. I was bleeding in the brain and had to stay for half a week in the icu. It most definitely changed my view on how I rode. But I have been going faster than ever and jumping farther than ever. The things we do for the love of the ride.
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 2006 I jumped and over rotated forwards... Landed straight into a roller. Compressed my back and got a major concussion. If I was contorted, my back wasn't straight, or my neck twisted upon impact, I could have been paralyzed or dead. I haven't ever been very comfortable in the air since then.
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 hell yeah i have.. thats why i keep riding. it's not how many times you crash, it's how many times you get up and go back at it harder than before.
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 I did something or other riding Fernie a few years ago that almost got me a broken neck but fortunately I only ended up with a busted helmet, massive concussion, a few loose teeth, pulled neck muscles, internal bleeding, and severe gravel rash. I'll never be exactly sure what happened that day, since my first recollection is lying in a hospital bed at 4:30 in the afternoon asking the nurse if my bike was OK.
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 I've had my share of close encounters in fact I've died before I cased a 32 foot gap because the take off didn't get packed down I blacked out and woke up 7 hours later when I was unconcius I had flatlined but hey that's what keeps me riding that thrill
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 Guys, helmet's are important. I always wear one even on gentle trails and around town. Do my friends make fun of me for it? Hell yes! Do I care? Not one bit. Who knows what's going to happen, all it takes is one little slip up and it could be lights out.
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 I had a black bear come charging at me this summer, almost ran from it but it probably would have mauled me if I did. It left me alone. Probably doesn't count as near death, but it scared the piss out me. Haven't ridden there alone since.
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 where?
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 Horsetooth Mountain Park in Fort Collins.
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 20 months ago I was thrown over a guard rail in Jamaica. I thought I was dying. My rib cage was compressed and snapped breaking 3 ribs. My landing was so hard blood flew out of my mouth on contact and for 20 minutes I continued spitting up blood I thought I perforated my lungs and for hours could not breath without holding my chest and helping the compression to pull air in.
I made it back to the hotel and waited for it to get worse ergo taking a taxi to Kingston 3 hours away. It stabilized after 4 hours and I figured if it got worse I was getting on an expensive plane ride home as a hospital in Jamaica is NOT an option.
I will never stop mountain biking. It is in my blood. My life revolves around it and I have not used a car in over 2 decades so someone telling me I am done biking?....not an option.

Jah will have to rip my cold carbon frame from my dying fist before I stop and even that will not stop me.

2wheels1love4life.
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 Your saying you were coughing up blood for 20 minutes and refused to go to hospital? I'm amazed you ain't dead!
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 yupp. the long wait to see if one gets worse.
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 1) Hit by car.
2) Almost snapped my neck riding with Wade Simmons when I fell off a log head first into some boulders and dead fall a good 6ft down, kept riding with a compressed neck and chipped tooth, haha.
3)Black bear moma with two cubs that wasn't so happy to see me flying around a corner in Squamish, that was not so funny.
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 Interesting timing, as I've just had a close shave with a shear drop. I waffled on the edge of a 3ish foot drop, feet away from the cliff edge. Last second, from a stall, I decide to take it. My indecision led to an awkward, nose heavy landing, and I fell backward, head first over the edge. All that saved me from a big fall to the rocks below was a massive vine, fortuitously placed where I could grab it to arrest my fall. After I climbed back up, I took the drop again, as if it never happened. Lucky.
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 I drifted into a sandstone wall doing about 50kmh, no helmet, lost a big patch of hair were my head had hit the sandstone and put my handlebars into arm and into my left ulnae artery and bicep, lost 2.5 litre of blood and felt like I was being drained of life and after all that I asked the security guard to keep my bike safe, thinking id be up and riding in no time. 3 months later I was on the bike with a weaker arm but stronger will and a little more brains, as I knew not to push it but was itching so hard that even the pain wasn't strong enough to stop me from ripping wheelies up and down the street and now I push it just the same if not harder but I take less risks and more calculated risks as in our sport injures and pain are inevitable but the thrills outweigh the spills and for the wheels to keep turning we must learn to dust ourselves of and assess if your best of filming zink flip the Oakley sender or stare old skull face in the eyes and flips that sucka, cause hey we all appreciate the riding lifestyle.
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 Does a motorcycle crash count? Or dislocating your shoulder at mach chicken and throwing yourself 25feet down the trail?
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 Mach chicken?
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 Must've been crossing a road (gap)
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 haha thats one of the most famous trails on the sunshine coast!
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 East coast reference started at plattekill for riding above what most consider a same speed through a tight, rooty, rockie section.
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 some times you have to eat shit.. until the shit tastes good.
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 Broke my left femur and pelvis and was blind for quite a while. Took 45 minutes for anyone to find my bike too. Pretty bad day when you're only 15. Came to terms with mortality that day.
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 buddy who's a good rider crashed and shattered 3 vertebrea. will be off of work for 6 months. pretty tame section so it makes you realize how easily it can happen if something small goes wrong. he keeps talking about how he's going to kill that trail next season!
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 Have a good friend who fall while riding his bmx... His chain broke and he fell onto his handlebar, he didn't have caps on his bars and it punctured his femoral artery. Somehow he pinched it off. Luckily some guy in a mini van picked him up and brought him to the hospital before he bled out.
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 Oh the days....
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 The crash am recovering from now, served me up 7 hours of surgery, to plate and screw my tibial plateau back to one piece. What made this a close call for me is that, I only fell a few inches away from about 6" of what use to be a young tree.
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 Got taken out head-on (at Big Bear in the mid '90s) by a guy on a Paris-Dakar BMW motorbike.
Obviously illegal for him to be braaaping up the mtb trails, but what can ya do?
Snapped my front wheel in half and knocked me out.
My brother was following and thought I'd bought it.
Went to a gig that night (The Orb and Porno for Pyro) and started passing out - three or four times in about half an hour.
People thought I was wasted and had nothing but disdain.
Came right so it's all good, but don't trust blind corners the same way.
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 oh well at 37 i realise i am not 18 anymore !!! what it will be at 50 ! i avoid big stuff i know my limit and play safe, sometimes i feel bad not pushing it more but i prefer to be able to ride til 65 ! still sometimes i crash hard but hey i am ok !
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 The definition for near death seems pretty low for most people. All of us have gone down, most of us needing treatment for a few injuries. Many of us have ridden a trail where going off the side is extremely likely to result in death. In my opinion, concussions, broken bones, landing a few feet from a hazardous object do not constitute a near death experience. I agree with BetaTwo, near death means life long injuries. In terms of death hazard, road riding is way more dangerous than mountain because of the cars. My scariest moment on a bike was washing out and having the end of my handlebar strike my ribs. It really made me thankful for rib cages and bar ends.
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 I had a real bad landing doing a stair gap bike threw me off after landing and felt down the othet set of stairs landed head first cracked my skull had a whip lash and a concusion.after that day I stop riding for like 8 years im just getting back into the bike scene probably stick to dirt jumps and soft land instead of urban freeriding
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 broke 3 bones in the side of my back when i hit a tree, then 6 weeks later i broke my clavicle and scapula by over shooting a jump which was 2 weeks ago - something to consider - wear as much protective gear as i can and maybe slow down. nah i still want to go fast
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 hit by a car on my 14th birthday, had carbon bars, cranks and crankbros mallets fail on me, and I've made a few incredibly stupid left turns on the road bike, and done a few OTBs in sketchy locations, but eh part of being young
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 12 concussions; fractured T1 & T2 vertebrae; broke my wrist in 5 places; fractured elbow; chipped patella & also hit by a car and suffered minor short term brain damage and memory loss and a broken nose... I now ride xc as my wrist injury still plagues my ability to hold on to the bars properly.
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 I'm recovering from a shattered collarbone which required surgery. Eight weeks ago I washed out on my road bike making a fully committed right turn. Worst part was I was only one block from home when it happened. Walked back to the garage so dejected and injured... I was more bummed that my ride was over so quickly.
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 Only on skis. Definitely once, might have got close another time but I don't remember well enough and there's no footage of it. Several situations where I've known that mistake = death though, that gives some definite clarity of thought.
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 Landed on top of my head a year ago in Mont Sainte-Anne's worldcup track and broke my C2, T6 and T8 vertebreas. I think that was a close call.. couple milimeters away from paralysis or death. By chance i was wearing my leatt brace... I havent rode this season due to work so i cant say how bad or not it affected my approach to riding yet...(and to be honest i am still a bit sore from the injury)... but one thing is sure; I WILL RIDE AGAIN Smile
Tip: wear a brace people!!!
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 Fu#$ Yeah it haunts me. She looks at me every three days or so when the skies are clear enough to show her face. She let me go this spring for what reasons I still do not know. Off alone in the wild maybe looking for my bus. I found that place that most do not return from. A twenty mile loop in the Olympics would go from bad to worse to a effort to save my life.
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 Big tigershark, twenty, thirty feet away, two weeks ago. Got into the reef shallows quickly,later that day shredded a turtle.
Thought I had overcome "jaws". Dam you, Spielberg!!!

Otherwise cracked thumbjoint, 3 months of constant sharp pain, dulling to constan sharp pain for six months.
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 Broke cervical vertebra 1, 2 and crushed and tore all the ligaments between 6 & 7 a few years back. Wasn't fun...dr. said the only reason I am not a quad is that I didn't panic after the crash and laid still until the medics got me, after my own 911 call. Mental note, keep a phone with you and keep it accessible, in case you need it when you should be still.
Needless to say, I ride a little more cautiously these days...but still have fun and always look forward to the next one!!

Cheers!
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 ive never rode in territory where there are predators whom might consume you on your daily ride on the trail.Ive been out late on trails when it gets to dark to see,but never have the thought of an animal stalking me for a late night snack.That would be a crappy way to die on your daily ride!!
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 In June this year I hit a tree around 30mph, my belly hit my stem which cost me my PANCREAS which I had transplanted in may 2011.Just spent 2 weeks in GUYS hospital having it removed, I have 52 staples across my belly , diabetic and can't ride for 7 weeks.
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 Holly shit im spechless
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 3 years ago, I bunny-hopped a tree that had fallen onto a high-speed section of a trail I had ridden many times ago.
Unfortunately just about didn't make the necessary high to clear, barely touched the tree with the rockring, but enough to send me into a quite horrendous fall that I took squarely on my head...

I was wearing one of these Enduro-type helmets, and virtually destroyed it with the impact. Laying on the ground, I was super-scared that I would end up paralysed.... Fortunately though, I have rather strong muscles on my neck, and while my neck and head did hurt a couple of weeks afterwards, nothing was broken...

From this moment on, I have never ridden again without full-face helmet and leatt brace.
My learning from the incident is that you never really know what can happen, and how it will. Accidents happen, so better be prepared. I crashed many times since, and as I continue to progress got through many situations that were objectively ways more dangerous than the trail that I had ridden at the time, but also due to proper protection, didn't get hurt seriously anymore.

My takeway: If you get a second chance to continue living the life you like the way you like, don't gamble it away.... Learn from your errors!
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 I remember that time when I went to Tenerife for a 10 days bike holiday all by myself. I was 18 and my dad was not that keen on it. It was day 10 and I went up to the volcano once again, the Teide is massive and the network of trails is so big there that you can be the only one riding that side of the mountain for a week, even because downhill riding is not that popular on the island. As it was my last day riding there I wanted to beat my personal record from 2000 to 0 of 26 minutes but almost at the end I cars che pretty bad and rolled down a cliff breaking my leg. I couldn't walk and the movie 127 hours instantly jumped in my mind. I was lucky it only lasted 5 of the 127 as a couple of guys hiking saw my bike from another trail. Imagine when you tell your mum a story like that
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 My worst bail biking wasn't even on a mountain! I was riding my fixie home from a party after a few drinks and ended up riding through a construction zone on the street. I don't remember what happened but some lady found me unconscious is a pool of my own blood. I had to get airlifted to a hospital a couple cities over, I was unconscious for an entire day, and I ended up with a fractured jaw, fractured orbital bone, knocked out my 3 front teeth and needed stiches in 4 different places. To this day I still think a car was involved but the police investigation didn't turn anything up and I was severely concussed and don't rememb er a lot leading up to it.
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 I went over the bars in fort bill on a steep (your typical try and stop before a drop, then that moment when you think this would be an awesome endo if I meant it...), and fell 6 foot onto my face (just an XC helmet). Blacked out until a guy found me on the trail. Taught me not to pussy out of things at the last minute, either go big or go home! Also that full face helmets are probably a good idea...Thought I'd at least got concussion - but it turns out no damage, neck, skull, teeth or anything. Guess I was made tough. Face looked ridiculous for a while though :/
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 I sure did "again" this morning. Riding at dawn no light but my shitty MEC bar lamp, traveling down RCD hill at 45 to 50 Km/h and what pop's out in front of me but a dear. Then his straggling buddy closely behind. he or she seen me a glapuped quicker allowing me to just miss there rear end by what felt like inches. Had enough time to think "holly shit this is going to hurt" !!
Okay have to get back to work now, Cheers
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 yes i had. i remeber same evening thinking theres no need to wear my full face since i was building on my spot and went there by road bike, when i returned i crossed the street without lights and the crossing a car i said fukkit she sees me, but then she restarted and i saw the lights coming and then i realised omg, i had a shovel in my hand and was catapulted right on the side of my head blood came out of my ear... and i thought omg i hope its not that bad, because it really was, been riding every day and thought alot about it and it happend glad to be still here, to bad the cops abused the situation so i cant go to the spot anymore,,,
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 de dgu
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 Did a 40' Gap only to come over to the other side and see a kid chilling there. I swerved to miss him and went over a cliff. Broke 6 ribs, snapped collar bone, chipped pelvis, torn ligaments in my leg, and broken knee. hasn't kept me away, just more cautious. at 35, I cant take the same risks I used too. Just wish I had video of it!!
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 What an idiot kid! Thats so unfair, heal quick man
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 Currently sat up in bed unable to move much following a dumb off yesterday. Perhaps when the black cat ran out in front of me earlier in the day (what the hell is black cat doing in the woods on its own!?) I should have just gone home. But the weather was good and I had time to try some new lines. Anyway I went down lick a sack of sh1t after a front wheel wash out, goggles blew off and everything. I thought I had broken my back and snapped my shoulder following the impact, I honestly thought, 'yup, you've done a proper job this time'. As it turns out I'm just battered and bruised and p1ssed off with myself. At least my D3 survived this time unlike in February's face plant incident.

Heal up quick people!
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 A pillar of the US East Coast mountain bike community sustained a C1/C2 fracture a few weeks ago.

"He continues to get a little stronger everyday. Although he still has no feeling below his neck and remains on a respirator to breathe, he is extremely motivated to regain anything he can".

Bike Magazine has a brief write up about Scott Scudamore (and Amy Dombrosky who was killed by a motorist).

www.bikemag.com/blog/dirty-words-a-simple-twist-of-fate
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 my friends story "on my road bike doing 30-35mph down a straight hill squirrel runs out infront of me, i run it over goes up inbetween my fork and stops wheel dead i fly a few metres forward and land on the road look back at the bike which is at least 5 metres behind me and the bloody squirrel runs away i was just bruised and the bike was fine but had no idea how the squirrel got away" amused me when he told me!
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 two times I can think of (so far!)

1. 1993 in North-East England, riding fast XC trails. Following 2 buddies, I stopped to drink water, they went ahead. I continued down the trail going way too fast, never ridden it before. Saw a series of big pump / rollers picked up speed going downhill, did not see the trail turned left, I continued straight off edge of small cliff

Suddenly I am in the air about 20 foot up, looking down into a dried up river bed full of rocks and trees everywhere, all went slow motion felt like flying!

Hit a tree still 10-15 foot up in the air, spun around with bike and landed hard into rocks. Was wearing a fanny pack stuffed with a riding top, this took the blow which would have probably broken my left hip. Managed to regain senses, bike frame (KHS Montana hardtail) bent, wheels bent, bars bent. Used bike as crutch, moving step at a time.

Staggered out of woods, about 1 mile a women riding a horse found me, got her car and took me to hospital. Broken left wrist, broken fingers, broken rib, torn soft tissue in left leg. Very luck escape in retrospect. My buddies only found out a week later when I turned up in plaster, they had gone back and spent 1 hour looking for me after my crash.


2. Riding mountain bike on busy road, with singlespeed conversion that was tempramental. Chain derailled off chain tensioner, and suddenly threw me over bars into road, no warning. Heard something very loud / felt vibration and rolled hard left to the kerb, looked to see a bus wheel miss my head by inches. Real scary.
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 I felt like I could have had a moment today at golspie, hit a jump too slow and stopped to push up to do it again. Found my back qr had loosened and my wheel fell off as soon as I lifted the back. If I hadn't pushed back up I would have landed 5ft to sharp rocks with no back wheel, into rolling down a steep hillside in 35mph wind. Sometimes it's the things that you can't control that scare you the most rather than all the crashes you have from mistakes.
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 Champery 2007 clipped on the World Cup Dh track over the handlebars stayed clipped in but arms through the crash netting 40ft drop below and saddle stuck in the mesh of a camelbak meaning I lay there for 10mins until someone came down the track and stopped to unclip me.
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 5 Months ago I broke my back freeriding and became a T7 Complete Paraplegic. All I can think about is riding again. I say keep going until you cant.
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 the mantra that plays in my head every time i ride: "speed is your friend". speed carries you through. it's when you slow down to think too much that you get in trouble- doubting yourself. spent years on trails not able to go fast (basically trail riding in the southeast US ) and crashed a lot because it wasn't in me to be good at whatever style trail riding here requires. discovered DH in BC and from the moment i dropped into my first run it was like i had achieved a kind of spiritual enlightenment. i went faster than i ever had and crashed harder than i ever did. luckily i've always trained pretty hard in the gym and am built solid so i was able to roll out of 12 that first day (that's when i stopped counting) crashes and land on my feet. so far i haven't been injured bad beyond shin gashes, bruises, scrapes, etc. and train a lot so that come summer i'm tough enough to handle a beating. i'm old enough now to know what life is worth and for me i'm willing to take stupid risks (but not suicidal stupid), on a very accelerated learning curve to get good at DH, making up for the time i wasted here down south. i'm not going to grow old without being able to say i rode exactly how i wanted, and if injury stops me then that's the way it is.
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 Had my first hard crash after sending a small gap about 4 years ago, over shooted the landing went otb snapped my left ankle, never ridden that hard again ever since, it gave me fears on hitting bigger lines and started to move away from DH, Im slowly getting back on the saddle again but now Im more wiser, esp when you have to work the ff day for your family. Progression takes time and it does not have any short cuts, just because your freinds can ride the gnarliest line means you can do the same, every risk needs an equal amount of skill, ride safe!
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 Came up over a hill fast, flew over the bars (so I've been told) woke up in the hospital emergency ward with a cracked kidney. Four hours of surgery to sew it back up, twelve weeks of recovery, bought a protective shirt, been riding ever since as hard as ever. This is the only chance we get and there ain't nothing after so might as well enjoy the time we got.
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 Yah when i got stuck in a stank mooseknucle and almost lost my marbles
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 I was flying down a trail on my 9er hard tail when i raced the highschool league, and by flying i mean i was going insanely fast, i came around a corner and in the blink of an eye I collided with some guy going up the trail, i hit him probably at about 20 mph, flipped over him, landed on my back. I hit him so hard he went flying and landed on top of me, guy was like 200 pounds. After he gets off of me i look to my right and I had just missed a manzanita stump. If i landed a few more inches to my right I would have landed on it with my neck.... who knows what could have happened.
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 I know we're talking riding here, but when I was 15 years old I hit a tree skiing and KO'd myself (concussion, broken limbs, lots of damage). I think it changed me forever - more cautious for sure.
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 I have an uncle that hit a deer going 45mph. He killed the deer
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 fell off this bridge... www.pinkbike.com/photo/8858613 managed to hang on to the tree and was fine, thats a long way down though....f*ck dying!
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 Broken ribs, fingers, toes, foot, scapula, and sternum oh...and Sent a table to a shattered pelvis, dislocated femur, and a semi paralyzed foot........for now.....getting old sucks!
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 I once was about to take out travel insurance when I noticed in the small print "does not cover mountainbiking". It was next to "neither does this cover crocodile wrestling". I shit you not.
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 I had a crash where my helmet was wrecked and I can't remember anything for 3 days after it. Broken collarbone and the good thing is that I don't remember the pain Smile The doctor said that I was preety damn lucky.
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 I ve been riding dirtjumps for almost 4 years now. I ride about five times a week and have never had any serious injuries. Barely any crashes actually. You can also go big without risking your life.
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 sunk in to the lip of a wet jump lost all my speed front tire cased bent the fork flipped over the bars landed on my head broke the helmet. concussion and screwed up neck muscles
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 I went face first or a drop and front flipped if that counts ? , I broke my helmet and scraped my upper body bad
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 lost feeling in part of my hip last week, went over the bars and into a pile of rocks.. but i don't know if i'd call it "near death"
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 pain is temporary, glory is forever
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 WOUNDS HEAL CHICKS DIG SCARS PAIN IS TEMPORARY GLORY IS FOREVER
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 Compared to these guys at Rampage... No, no I have not.
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 Look at our bikes....they are made to push the limit. Taking chances is part of MTB if you ask me.
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 About 3 years ago I met a 80 ish year old man riding at glentress , I stopped and spoke to him for a bit , turns out he died 3 times on the trail , he hit a tree and broke something (can't remember full story ) I went and had a few runs with him and god dam he was fast for a 80 year old. No wonder he died 3 timed , he was faster than me (I was 12)
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 Been riding two wheels for 32 years now. Yeah, you could say I've had a few "close calls". Par for the course, when you push your limits.
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 Glory is fleeting compare to lifelong debilitation in my opinion. Punctured a lung and fractured a rib hitting a feature that was out of my league.
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 numerous times. But it is when you actually witness a person die on the trails, makes you re evaluate everything riding wise.
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 I had to go back and change my answer after reading some of these. There are some tough sons of bitches on this forum.
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 I have,and I lost one of my front teeth.But now everything is OK,still ride bike everyday.Maybe I will die with big crash,the best way to end my life for sure.
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 When my wife found out how much my new DH rig cost I'm pretty sure I was REAL close to dying. Good thing I left for the weekend.
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 My front wheel slipped out a bit when braking going round a corner, I was forced to jam my foot into the floor to prevent wiping out. Shit me right up.
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 listening to music couldnt hear a train coming, fuckin too close for me. poos everywhere.
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 Hit by car, I was unconscious,woke up in the hospital. Landed on my head at Whistler, doing the big air on A-Line. Unconscious and a Ambulance ride.
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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL8O4KRiJHA here is my near death experience!
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 yeah a helmet is a nice feature but you need to wear it first
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 You can go 100%.. Just gotta ride smart and make sure you're ready for the feature you're gonna hit
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 Tonight. First XC ride in about 5 years.
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 Man...I thought Pinkbike articles were supposed to make you stoked about riding...this is some scary sh*t!
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 If they found you actually clinically dead- that is not near death experience, is it? Ah well...
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 No near death experience but I'm missing a few minutes of my life somewhere...
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 your not trying till your crying
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 Every time you ride a bike you can die, doesnt matter if youre riding safe or not.
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 Great just in time before I test my new jump line. Here's to hoping all goes as planned.....
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 I've had orgasms riding my bike. Does it count ?
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 Yep, broke my skull twice already. Don't wanna do it again, but my riding hasn't been influenced by this.
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 wow so many users here who were in near death experiences on their bikes Frown respect to all of you, ride on!
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 That time in Whistler.. Wrong turn to 15 ft cliff. Next thing I knew, I was face to face with a black bear
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 Every commute to work is life or death! The most dangerous form of cycling there is!
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 In the list of things more dangerous than mtb; Football... well played PinkBike. Well played...
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 thankfully hasnt happened yet
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 I hit a stop sign...
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 dont lie, we all know the stop sign hit you
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 After 3 summers in Whistler bike park too many NDE to remember.
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 that's where all the fun starts:-) that and getting lost
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 I'mma puss, can't get around it haha
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 Got hit by a car once.....does that count
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 Arduum. Face first to a tree off the big drop. Yup. That was scary.
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 every wed night group ride !!!
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 on motorcycle was a everyday experience
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 Every day I ride to work with these crazy ass drivers about.
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 Judging by some of these stories, I lead a boring life.......
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 I used to go like crazy, but now I cant afford to be out of work...
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 your always near death on a mtb you just dont know it
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 I think I'm going to sell my bike and take up golf.
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 all my near death experiences on a bike have something to do with cars
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 i crash everytime i ride pretty much
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 broken neck.... two numb finger tips to remind me of every day
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 cased to concussion
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 Hit by car.
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 me to man, goin down the side walk and it just pulled out i scared the hell out of them, i was fine but then again i also hit a parked car while talking to some one and and not looking where i was going hahaha lets just say i havent done that again
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 lol i hit a parked car when i was 12 riding down the rode looking back @ my buddys trying to play chicken! Man i felt like superman for a second on flight .Doesnt even fade us when we are that young.Now im my 30s cant imagine shaking it off so quickly!!
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