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South Wales mountain biker “almost beheaded” by barbed wire across trail

“Seriously thought I was a goner as had to unwrap the wire from round my throat,” says rider

A mountain biker in South Wales says he was “almost beheaded” by barbed wire stretched across a trail.

Posting pictures to the Afan Valley Bike Shed Page on Facebook after Saturday’s incident on the Ton Pentre trail, he said, “Thank god I'm a big bloke as it cut across my chest and shoulders before sliding up to my neck.

“Seriously thought I was a goner as had to unwrap the wire from round my throat.

“Completely trashed my jacket but thankfully just scrapes and one small puncture on my arm.”

The police have been informed, and the poster added: “I have no idea what the complete twat who put the wire there was thinking but had it been a shorter rider, they might well have killed someone.

“This was an area of trail where you clearly ride at speed. What could they possibly hope to achieve through this action?”

It’s the latest in a number of acts of sabotage in areas popular with mountain bikers that range from obstacles such as sticks being placed on trails, to incidents such as this one where the intention seems to be to maim or worse.

One of the people commenting on the pictures post one he had taken himself the previous week showing a piece of wood with large nails driven through it.

In September, former Secretary of State for Wales Ron Davies denied that he had deliberately blocked a mountain bike trail near Caerphilly, after he was caught on CCTV apparently doing just that. He said he was trying to remove them instead.

> Former cabinet minister denies blocking Welsh mountain bike trail

Last month, Cheshire-based Twelve50 Bikes shared a photo on Facebook that is one of the more frightening attempts at sabotaging a trail that we’ve seen, comprising seven stakes driven into the ground at such an angle that they could do serious harm.

In a report in the discovery in the Forestry Commision-owned Delamere Forest, Singletrack likened it to “the kind of thing you might expect to see in a medieval castle’s defences, rather than in the middle of a trail.”

The stakes had been taken from a jump which has now been dismantled for safety reasons.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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chrismayoh | 7 years ago
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The uproar if it had scratched a 4x4 just doesn't bear thinking about . . . . . . . .

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emishi55 | 7 years ago
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"the complete twat who put the wire there"

 

Some understatement surely?

The disgusting thing is, that there would be more outrage for threatening someone's motor vehicle - like threatening someone's personal assault weapon. 

The proper response should be to hunt down the perpetrators and impose the appropriate custodial sentence.

This is deliberate, pre-meditated, with an intention to maim or kill. If the police don't take action then what recourse is there for dealing with such dangerous and debased vermin? 

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Dan S replied to emishi55 | 7 years ago
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emishi55 wrote:

The proper response should be to hunt down the perpetrators and impose the appropriate custodial sentence.

This is deliberate, pre-meditated, with an intention to maim or kill. If the police don't take action then what recourse is there for dealing with such dangerous and debased vermin? 

Pretty sure the police will be trying to do exactly that.  Not necessarily easy to do though...

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1961BikiE | 7 years ago
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It's time for the authorities to take this crap seriously. These are not funny or misguided.

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VeloPeo | 7 years ago
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Please don't let the actions of one fucktard ruin your impression of cycling in Wales - it's 99.9999% fucking awesome.

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SNS1938 | 7 years ago
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When I've been on trips to Wales, it's for mountain biking (or rugby), we stay in small villages that we'd never normally have gone to, eat at local small pubs, and generally bring money into the areas that seem to have suffered a lot over the last forty years with industry/mining leaving etc. Whomever is doing this, seems to want bikers gone ... which would be a hugely negative impact for the local community, as far as I can see. What a twat.

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WillRod replied to SNS1938 | 7 years ago
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SNS1938 wrote:

When I've been on trips to Wales, it's for mountain biking (or rugby), we stay in small villages that we'd never normally have gone to, eat at local small pubs, and generally bring money into the areas that seem to have suffered a lot over the last forty years with industry/mining leaving etc. Whomever is doing this, seems to want bikers gone ... which would be a hugely negative impact for the local community, as far as I can see. What a twat.

 

Just shows how short sighted locals can be.

Tourism is one of the few industries in many rural areas, but plenty of yokels just don't want people riding on public rights of way because it is "their patch". It doesn't even have to be in the woods, it happens on normal cycle paths through town too.

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danthomascyclist | 7 years ago
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Quote:

terrorism. noun. the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

 

Yep, this fits. Now let's treat it for what it is.

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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Is this stuff treated as attempted murder in the investigation?

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marcswales replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Is this stuff treated as attempted murder in the investigation?

Let me just check the flow diagram

HAS  AN ATTEMPT BEEN MADE TO KILL  A CYCLIST?

PROCEED TO FILE IN BIN"our

Errrr no " Standrd procedure is to file this until further instances occur, then repeat"

 

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Dan S replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Is this stuff treated as attempted murder in the investigation?

The barbed wire across the path?  Probably.  Attempting to cause grievous bodily harm at the least, and quite possibly attempted murder.  

 

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