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Video: Trail sabotage at Hamsterley Forest

Video: Trail sabotage at Hamsterley Forest

Durham Police are investigating after a mountain biker was thrown from his bike by a booby trap on Hamsterley Forest’s downhill track.

Lukasz Sikorski was riding at 20mph when he hit a rope tied between two trees, sending the rider crashing onto the snow-covered ground. Bikemagic forum members have reported similar incidents in Epping Forest and Haldon Forest.

“By rights this rider should have received serious injuries possibly fatal, we stress…that this is a pure attempt to seriously injure users of the facility,” said Craig Hunter of Descend Hamsterley.

“Due to this incident we must advise that all riders check the tracks before use (even though management check the trails daily), we cannot risk another incident of this nature as next time it could be a whole lot worse.”

The organisation is offering “a substantial reward” for info that leads to an arrest. Contact Craig at Descend –


    There have been similar sabotage attempts at Cannock Chase

    1. berty

      Has Matthew Parris been arrested for incitement?

  2. Andrew Stickland

    Where abouts on the Chase ?

  3. Andrew Stickland

    Where abouts on the Chase did it happen ?

  4. Graham Carter

    Unbelievable stupidity; there have been similar incidents here in the Forest of Dean, but I’m not aware of any recently. I hope the police were informed, could be worth it if there are further incidents

    1. grahamq

      Sad that has hit the UK as well. I read of problems in the US and have experienced the same in NZ. I was told that usually the rope/wire was just above axle height to throw the rider over the bars, but for me it was at head height. I saw a strand across the trail and initially thought it was a vine, but wondered why it glistened, if I hadn’t ducked and it hadn’t skimmed off the top of my helmet….When I went to investigate what it was I discovered it was a strand of strimmer cord. I know it’s in our best interest to check trails out before we ride, but it’s just always practical.

  5. roscot

    Horrendous! Would like to imagine the outcome if the conditions had been better and he was going down there any faster!


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