Firefighters rescue mountain biker after long fall in Cheyenne Canon

A mountain biker has been airlifted out of Cheyenne Canon after suffering a roughly 100-foot fall during a ride Sunday morning.
Published: Aug. 15, 2021 at 10:22 AM MDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 6:24 AM MDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A mountain biker has been airlifted out of Cheyenne Canon after suffering a roughly 100-foot fall during a ride Sunday morning.

The rider fell down a steep slope below the collapsed tunnel (tunnel no. 3) on Gold Camp Road, landing at the base of a recreational climbing area.

“He ... essentially zigged where he should have zagged and took a wrong turn and went for an unfortunate ride,” said C.J. Sidebottom with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Cell service tends to be spotty if available at all in the area where the rider fell, but some nearby were able to get reception and call 911.

Sidebottom said the rider’s friends and other bystanders helped firefighters reach him.

“There was people below helping guide us in, people above helping guide us in. So really the whole community came together, search and rescue, us, by standards, all helped to get us to the patient as fast as we could.”

After hiking some of the way, firefighters and an El Paso County search and rescue crew used a ropes system to get the rider off the cliffside.

“It was really to provide the safest way for the rescuers and patient to be extricated from that situation.”

Firefighters say the man was seriously injured but is expected to recover.

Crews want to remind people to have a plan when heading out on the trails, because you never know what might happen.

“The best piece of advice is just to certainly know the route you’re going, any pre-planning you can do is great. Go with someone who’s already been there, if you are able to, but I don’t think any of us in our high angle rescue program in any way want to limit people’s ability to go recreate. We all want to search for adventure, and that’s part of the reason why we live here. So be prepared, be safe, try to have a plan as best as you can, but we’re here for when it doesn’t go well,” says Sidebottom.

Copyright 2021 KKTV. All rights reserved.