Saanich Fire crews and BC Ambulance Service responded to Hartland Mountain Bike Park Saturday afternoon to recover an injured cyclist on a double-black diamond trail. (Twitter/Saanich Fire Chief Dan Wood)

Island cyclist hurt in double-black diamond trail plunge

Saanich emergency responders use ATV in Hartland Mountain Bike Park rescue

Saanich Fire and BC Ambulance Service responded to Hartland Mountain Bike Park Saturday afternoon to recover an injured cyclist from a steep trail.

Saanich Fire Capt. Russ Abbott said one all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and one side-by-side vehicle were used by emergency crews who went up to the scene.

The cyclist was on a double-black diamond run called the Green Ribbon Trail which is described to have a “tricky rock face or chute of doom option, a natural rock jump and advanced mandatory log jumps,” according to Trailforks, a trail management system website.

The trail has a 78 metre downhill decline.

Abbott said the cyclist was about two kilometres into the trail but was with a group of people who stayed with him until help arrived.

Emergency crews had to hike part of the way to reach him as the trail became single-track and too narrow for the ATV and side-by-side, Abbott said. The cyclist was conscious but suffered severe lacerations to his face and possible broken bones. Abbott said crews took precautions to protect his spine by using a neck brace.

shalu.mehta@blackpress.ca

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