Injured mountain biker airlifted to hospital from Slieve Bloom Mountains
A mountain biker who suffered a foul fall was rescued from the Slieve Bloom mountains this week.
The bike owner was airlifted from the mountains by an Irish Air Corp military helicopter on Wednesday August 26.
One other mountain biker who came across the injured particular person posted dramatic images of his mangled bike, and the military helicopter.
Former military coach George Reddin from Mountmellick congratulated paramedics and the helicopter crew for a “tough touchdown and rescue”.
He additionally famous that the bike owner was fortunate to be carrying a helmet.
“Stumbled on a badly injured MTB bike owner on the Slieve Bloom Mountains immediately. An enormous properly completed to the Paramedics and Air Corp helicopter crew for immediately’s tough touchdown and rescue. The gentleman was stabilised and remained acutely aware, (fortunate he was carrying a helmet) hope he makes a full restoration,” he stated.
The Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails are being constructed by Coillte throughout the Laois and Offaly mountains, and can have 80km of interconnected trails when totally accomplished. Sections are open ranging from Baunreagh close to Mountrath in Laois which is a tougher path (pink) and Kinnitty in Offaly, a better blue path.
Coillte urge security and warning on the pink path on their website here.
“It is a difficult path all through as the paths range from quick and flowing to tight, technical and rocky, with quite a few tough sections alongside the route. The path continually twists and turns and rises up and down. This path exams all a riders expertise and skills and isn’t for novice riders (pink grade path).
Over half of the loop is singletrack and these sections are slender, generally steep and as much as 800mm in width, with variable surfaces together with rock, roots, mud, free stones and gravel which will develop into slippery when moist. The singletrack additionally crosses strolling trails and forest roads at a variety of factors so be careful for walkers right here. The rest of the loop is on forest roads and it’s best to count on to come across autos and different forest customers at any time on these components of the loop.
The path is kind of uncovered on the higher slopes and may be very windy in poor climate. Please be sure that your mountain bike is in good working order and that you’ve an acceptable stage of health and ability stage to undertake these trails. All riders must be appropriately dressed and put on a helmet always. Please experience with consideration for the various different forest customers and management your velocity.”