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MOUNTAIN BIKERS BEWARE— I believe this has become a mountain bike paradise but for some it has become a mountain bike hell. Over the past 2 years I have seen multiple people with cactus spines in places they shouldn’t be, hands, finger joints, face, neck, knee joint, etc. I have also seen 3 near fatal accidents, a head injury, lumbar fracture, and this week a clavicle fracture, 4th rib fracture and pneumothorax (punctured lung). The event this week could easily have been fatal. These were all involving experience riders. ALL SERIOUS EVENTS INVOLVED SPEED AND DOWNHILL. Remember, resources are scarce here. Six out of the last 8 X-rays done in La Paz were misread, including missing the life threatening pneumothorax. The CT scans are awful, 5 images (instead of a few hundred images standard in the US, making accuracy of diagnosis very difficult) and as of last year they did NOT have anyone that can read MRIs, although they have a machine. The Orthopedic techniques, screws and plates they use here are not close to US standards. This is coming from someone that loves downhill racing AND was one of the big 3 injuries. Doc Mike
Mountain Bike News. First, thank you to all of you who are donating bikes and bike parts to get the local kids out riding and to those of you who have been helping me on Trail Day Tuesdays maintaining the trails and especially to Susie and Larry for the $$$ donation. I'm here (main campground north end) until late March and can accept more donations of bikes and parts until then.
Trails. In addition to our awesome trails in the Hot Springs Beach and the Bufadora areas we will soon have trails in Cacachilas Mountains (previously known as the old gold mine or Walton property). More info at http://www.ranchocacachilas.com I've been asked to remind you to sign in at the gate if you want to check out the Santa Rosa Loop.
Ventana Windsports and Captain Kirks now rent high end bikes so if you don't have your own you can rent a bike for a few hours and go ride. Our trails are some of the best in Baja and range from beginner (Cardon Corridor) to advanced (Pista Pista Extrema). It seems the recent problems we've had with motorcycles on the trails was due to just one or two riders. Please no motorcycles on the singletrack. Unfortunately the Warren Ave. trail had to be closed down as that is part the race course and the risk of further damage was too great. I'll re open it in September. Yes, there will be another race here November 22, 2015. Wahoo!
For maps or info (like where the bike shops in La Paz are or how to slime a tire) contact me wbruce55 at gl.com
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