Went for a 15 mile trail ride yesterday, 95% downhill. Easily one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the guy in this video aired off of a small mound on a totally straight and flat section of trail and landed just sideways enough to send him towards the brush off to to the left. He overcorrected, and went straight into a tree off the right side of the trail. In high gear at top speed. I was right behind him and saw the whole thing happen. Luckily, just a broken clavicle. But as hard as he hit I thought for sure I was going to be calling an ambulance.
This video was just fooling around a little bit. The approach to that rock makes clearing it fairly difficult. Lots of chain ring gouges on top of it.
At this point we were only a short walk to a main highway even though the trail continued on for a few more miles. He was content to sit there and wait for me to ride back to the car and come pick him up. Keep in mind we were over an hour from the nearest emergency services so it was fastest to just drive him myself, and aside from the obvious pain he was doing quite well.
He’s a skilled and experienced rider but he still took a nasty fall on the easiest stretch of this trail. It can happen to any of us. Ride safe, and enjoy a few pics from some recent rides.