Fallen tree causes Portland mountain bike racer to crash, fracture neck, $273,000 suit says

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A lawsuit filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court claims that all but one large fallen tree was cleared from a Hood River mountain biking course in spring 2014. That tree caused Lisa Belair to crash and break her spine in four places, her suit states. (Stephanie Yao Long/File photo)

Article by Aimee Green | agreen@oregonian.com

A Portland woman who was riding her mountain bike on a Hood River race course when she struck a fallen tree and broke her spine in four places filed a $273,000 lawsuit against the race organizers this week.

Lisa Belair had signed up for the Dog River Super D mountain biking race on May 3 in Hood River, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The race was organized by Fat Tire Farm in Northwest Portland and Hurricane Racing in Government Camp, according to the suit.

Days before the race, a storm had blown down trees along the course, but the event’s organizers assured riders on the race’s website that trail crews had cleared the trail, the suit claims.

Read the whole article at OregonLive.com.

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2 replies

  1. She rides a bike with a negative rise stem and flat bars, and has questionable bike handling skills based upon pictures I’ve seen of her. It was simply predestined that she would go over the bars at some point.

    Why didn’t she just use her cyclocross skills and dismount and step over the log?

    • That’s exactly what i did until i checked it out. I was also warned of it before i was allowed on course. It was also visible from a fairly good distance before you came up on it.

      Maybe it needed a big neon sign and a hand rail.

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