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    Lost Rider Old Stage Road Colo Springs

    For all you springs folks, a friend of mine in the Springs is looking for his wife, out riding up Old Stage last night and not returning. If you've seen anything contact the authorities.

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    HOLY CRAP! That sucks. It got down to 40 here last night, hope she is OK.
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    Do you have any pics of her and the bike? Thoughts and prayers sent out. Will keep an eye open and send this to friends

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    How can us fellow bikers help?
    What is her typical route on this ride?
    Is a CS shop coordinating a search ride from various points?
    I am in BV but can be there in a couple of hours.
    from her profile she has Mutano tires - maybe helpful for anyone that is looking at the tracks on the trails currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Man View Post
    How can us fellow bikers help?
    What is her typical route on this ride?
    Is a CS shop coordinating a search ride from various points?
    I am in BV but can be there in a couple of hours.
    from her profile she has Mutano tires - maybe helpful for anyone that is looking at the tracks on the trails currently.
    Her husband is Jesse Jakomait, a pro endurance rider. He won this year's Vapor Trail 125 and was not far behind Jefe Branham when Jefe set the West-to-East record on the Colorado Trail Race this summer. He also set a new record for the Durango Dirty Century this year.

    He works for SRAM in Colorado Springs. I'm guessing he's gotten a posse out there, and between friends at SRAM, team mates, sponsor shops, etc he has a pretty big population of strong mountain bikers to pull from.

    If you want to get over there and help, I'd recommend trying to get in touch with El Paso County Search and Rescue or the Sheriff's Dept.

    I started this thread mostly hoping that maybe somebody had seen her up on Old Stage, and to just get the word out. But I'm thinking tomorrow if she hasn't been found I might get in touch and see if I can come help. If you get in touch with anybody over there, could you post some information? Like who to call to join a search party?
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    Some updates...

    Search continues for 36-year-old cyclist who went missing Sunday

    Good grief, I hope she's found.

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    Thanks for the info Tom. I just called Search and Rescue.
    They have a group of about 25 friends getting briefed and going out right now to help support the S&R team that has been working since it was reported. They did not need any additional resources as of right now. Tom-send me a PM if you want to go over. I will check it late tonight or in the morning.
    Good luck searchers!!!! Best wishes!!

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    Thanks for checking in with S&R. Please let us know if anything changes. I can load up my bikepacking rig and help join the search. 970-481-9066.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Man View Post
    Thanks for the info Tom. I just called Search and Rescue.
    They have a group of about 25 friends getting briefed and going out right now to help support the S&R team that has been working since it was reported. They did not need any additional resources as of right now. Tom-send me a PM if you want to go over. I will check it late tonight or in the morning.
    Good luck searchers!!!! Best wishes!!
    Van Man,

    I'll let you know for sure if I decide to head over.

    Anybody who hears anything please post it here, I will do the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez
    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    I cant imagine what Jesse must be going through right now. I met him at this years CTR and he is a great guy- class act. I will head out for an overnighter right now if others are allowed to help. Toby if you end up going down there call me I will meet u in south metro area

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    Sure hope they find her soon, hate to hear about something like this. Serves as an unfortunate reminder to always share your route with someone and it's never a bad idea to carry a map/compass and fire-starting supplies.

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    A group of riders are headed up old stage road right now and hopefully they will find her.
    This is my backyard and I'm tempeted to go out and look also but technically that area was closed due to flood damage. And so is all of Cheyenne Cayon park which includes Gold Camp road.
    If they are not able to find her tonight I may take off work tomorrow and volunteer in the search, that's if they need more help.
    It is a very popular area to ride but with the flood damage I'm sure the trail would be very dangerous at night with no lights.

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    Thanks Mark, I'm going to call SAR and see if we can help. Partnering with another experienced bikepacker like you would be a great.

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    El Paso County Search and Rescue


    I talked with SR they said they are good for tonight but to call tomorrow morning around 7 if interested in helping (719) 635-9400.
    www.epcsar.org/‎

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    I just checked the El Paso County S&R site, El Paso County Search and Rescue

    They make it pretty clear that they don't want or need additional riders volunteering at this point. They are concerned that having too many people out there will confuse their dogs and trackers.

    Really tough to just sit and watch. But getting in the way is bad too. Frustrating.

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    Awesome, I'll do it! Thanks!

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    Yes it's hard being here and not being able to help but I understand it could get crazy with too many people. They did take my name and number earlier but yeah they now saying not to call. I've been riding in that area for over 20 years and just thinking of how hard it would be to search if she's gone off the road/trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultrarob View Post
    just thinking of how hard it would be to search if she's gone off the road/trail.
    Unfortunately very true. If she's taken a "shortcut" and gone off-trail, it's going to really hard to find her. I hope that it doesn't get too cold tonight.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Just read the S&R site, said she was found, conducting medical eval while figuring out how to transport her out.

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    Re: Lost Rider Old Stage Road Colo Springs

    Found = Awesome News!

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    Lost Rider Old Stage Road Colo Springs

    That is great news!!! Hope she is ok.


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    Thanks for the info Jaycastlerock and so happy for her and her family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    Just read the S&R site, said she was found, conducting medical eval while figuring out how to transport her out.

    El Paso County Search and Rescue
    YEAH! Nice work, EPCSAR!

    Another night out there in the cold would have been really tough.

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    Good news. You'd assume that since she couldn't get out on her own she's hurt but that could mean anything. Hoping it's nothing too bad and the evac goes smoothly.

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    So glad to hear she has been found!

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    Fantastic news, I hope her injuries are minimal. Prayers still being sent!

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    Great news. Sending healing vibes!

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    El Paso County Search and Rescue
    Old Stage Mission complete, all members out of the field. Thanks Teller SAR and the other volunteers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    YEAH! Nice work, EPCSAR!

    Another night out there in the cold would have been really tough.
    If you like hearing about more SAR heroes going forward, consider buying one of these:

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    So thankful to hear that she's OK. Got her out before she had to spend another night.
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    This is a reprint directly from the Colorado Springs Gazette:

    Just before darkness settled in on Monday, Teller County Search and Rescue team members heard a woman calling for help near Knights Peak, close to Upper Gold Camp Road and Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir.

    The team, working with El Paso County Search and Rescue and 30 other volunteers, had been calling Alicia Jakomait's name for more than 12 hours. About 6:30 p.m., she answered back.

    "She was alert and breathing," said Mike Smith, Teller County Search and Rescue incident commander.

    Jakomait, 36, went for a mountain bike ride at 1 p.m. Sunday and disappeared. She was reported missing about 11 p.m. to Colorado Springs police by her husband, Jesse Jakomait, after his attempts to find her were unsuccessful.

    By 8 p.m. Monday, a team was bringing Jakomait from a trail to the road. It was unclear how or why she crashed. But she did not try to walk out. Rescuers found her where the accident occurred, Smith said. The trails were especially rough and dangerous following the recent rains, Smith said.

    "I'm glad she is alive," Smith said.

    Teller County had 15 to 20 volunteer search and rescue team members, some on foot, some on bicycles and some on ATVs, searching a 9-mile area.

    Jakomait is an accomplished competitive rider. Her bike had a unique tire tread that was spotted off Gold Camp Road and near the Pipeline Trail - a single-track advanced, mostly downhill trail - about 5:30 p.m. By then, rescuers had covered a wide swath of land from the Teller County line to Old Stage Road.

    "She spent a cold night out there," said Pat Burgess, coordinator of El Paso County Search and Rescue, which had 19 search members leading the efforts.

    "The word we got was that she did not deviate from the trails," he said. "That was our main area of focus."

    Jakomait's husband could not be reached Monday night but he posted on his Facebook page, "Thanks everyone for the amazing generosity! I can't thank you all enough for all of your help finding my precious wife! There must have been 40 mtb and moto rippers out there combing hundreds of miles of trail."
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    And from the husband's Facebook page:

    "Just got back from the hospital with Alicia Hamilton Jakomait. Her legs look like they were in a fight with a weed wacker and she needed two bags of fluid to get back to normal but other than that she is in good health and back home."
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    So glad she's ok. I feel like I know Jesse just from following the CTR every year.

    I am curious how/why she was unable to move from the spot she was injured (not second guessing, just curious).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwhan View Post
    So glad she's ok. I feel like I know Jesse just from following the CTR every year.

    I am curious how/why she was unable to move from the spot she was injured (not second guessing, just curious).
    Just guessing here: she goes off a 200' straight down dropoff, manages to stop tumbling about half way down, no way to walk back up or down, just lays there assessing her injuries. Very very reluctantly realizes it's best to just let the S and R crew find her. Next time you're out riding a trail with exposure, glance down at a dropoff like that and assess how easy it would be to walk back up or down.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Here's a better description of what happened, how she got from the Pipeline trail to where they found her I don't know.


    "The Teller County Search and Rescue team has found 36-year-old Alicia Jakomait, who disappeared while biking on Old Stage Road on Sunday.

    Authorities said she found around 6 p.m. Monday and was taken to a hospital in Colorado Springs with a head injury.

    She was found in an area between Knights Peak and McKinley Peak roughly two and a half miles off the pathway.

    Keith Conquest, an incident commander for Teller County Search and Rescue told 11 News it was her husband who helped crews find her.

    "We were fortunate that the husband was able to follow her (bike) tracks and greatly narrow down the area we thought she was in," Conquest said.

    Conquest said Jackomait was on the Pipeline trail south of Gold Camp Rd just west of Old Stage Rd and was headed west toward the reservoir.

    We’re told she was walking her bike and accidently followed a different trail. She fell and hit her head and was unconscious for a short time. When she regained consciousness she realized she had to go north toward Upper Gold Camp Road.

    Conquest said she walked on the trail for quite a while before realizing she was going in circles, having passed a noticeable rock formation four times.

    It was around that time, a Teller search and rescue team member was in the area calling out her name and heard her call for help in return."

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    Man, I'm so glad that she was found.

    I bet that poor girl froze during the night...

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    Good news. It can always be a little shady riding solo as proven by this story, glad she was ok.
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    Great news! Glad this one had a good ending.

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    Glad she was found and is ok.

    Still sort of confused of where she was: "Conquest said Jackomait was on the Pipeline trail south of Gold Camp Rd just west of Old Stage Rd and was headed west toward the reservoir."

    Pipeline is west of Gold Camp and North of Old Stage, and its one heck of a long grind from Seven Bridges (where Pipeline dumps out) to Old Stage where she was found. It will be interesting to get to hear the auspicious and scary incident.

    Heal well Alicia and so glad you made it safely back with all of us.

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    Yeah there must be some misinformation. My guess is she crashed on Pipeline and realized she needed to hike out and get back to Gold camp rd, with the head injury she musta got lost. Where they say they found her is not anywhere close to Pipeline tho.

    Of course she's home safe and that's all that matters

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    The facts of this event won't be clear until hear directly from those involved. Hopefully Jesse or Alicia will write something up when things settle down for them. I always enjoy reading a good accident account--there's no better place to learn about what works and what doesn't when things go sideways.

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    I'm pretty sure folks here are talking about the wrong Pipeline trail; I think people are referring to the Pipeline (668) off of (701) that goes down to Jones Park. I believe she was riding another trail called Pipeline that goes through Emerald Valley. If you don't out and back it and are heading up to Frosty's Park there's a tough hike-a-bike to finish it and come out by Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir. Its a longer and harder way to do the ride up to Frosty's and after the hike-a-bike their are numerous ways to get over to the reservoir and most all of those trails are very faint until you hit the connecting dirt roads back to Gold Camp.
    Anyway, that's my guess as to where she was found and her being found and relatively okay is the best part of all of this. It was great to see the MTB community come together and help. I was done w/ work early afternoon yesterday and called EPCSAR to volunteer; they said they had more offers of help than they could coordinate to work with. Its nice to know that there were so many people helping and more wanting to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastajet View Post
    Glad she was found and is ok.

    Still sort of confused of where she was: "Conquest said Jackomait was on the Pipeline trail south of Gold Camp Rd just west of Old Stage Rd and was headed west toward the reservoir."

    Pipeline is west of Gold Camp and North of Old Stage, and its one heck of a long grind from Seven Bridges (where Pipeline dumps out) to Old Stage where she was found. It will be interesting to get to hear the auspicious and scary incident.
    You guys are thinking of Pipeline (668) from Frosty's Park. However, there is more than one trail in the area that is called "Pipeline Trail" on the Pikes Peak Atlas and she was on one of those. The statement that she was found on the saddle between Knights Peak and McKinley Peak is correct.

    And yes, she suffered a head injury, not from a mountain bike wreck, but from slipping and falling during a hike-a-bike section. She was unconscious for an unknown period of time, but from what I understand, it was awhile. Between her head injury and hypothermia, she wasn't getting out of there on her own.

    I am very happy she is safe and home. There were probably 40+ friends and SRAMmies with special permission from El Paso County SAR sweeping assigned routes in groups of 3-4. Someone from EPCSAR said it was the most impressive volunteer response he'd seen for such a small period of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle View Post
    There were probably 40+ friends and SRAMmies with special permission from El Paso County SAR sweeping assigned routes in groups of 3-4. Someone from EPCSAR said it was the most impressive volunteer response he'd seen for such a small period of time.
    Really nice to see the mountain biking community come together like this!

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    Riding alone +concussion +low temps = Scary. So glad this story has a happy ending! That must have been one LONG night for the husband.

    A search and rescue beacon is a very good idea when riding alone. Unless of course you're too injured to use it.
    Happiness is a warm 2 stroke.

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    A classic case of S Happens. You couldn't be a more competent rider than this woman but...S Happens sometimes.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71 View Post
    A search and rescue beacon is a very good idea when riding alone. Unless of course you're too injured to use it.
    My wife and I often ride alone. I bought a Spot a number of years ago, and we always carry it if we're going to be out of cell range. Absolutely no guarantee of safety, but a nice tool to have in the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    My wife and I often ride alone. I bought a Spot a number of years ago, and we always carry it if we're going to be out of cell range. Absolutely no guarantee of safety, but a nice tool to have in the bag.
    For sure. I do a lot of solo moto rides at high altitude and bought an ACR 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon and carry gear so I can stay warm no matter what.

    Concussions are such an mind **** and can make it darn near impossible to find your way out. But you will waste a lot of energy trying anyway.
    Happiness is a warm 2 stroke.

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