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    Central Point man dies in mountain bike accident

    Central Point man dies in mountain bike accident | News - Home

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Craig Steven Lyle of Central Point was found lying near his bike in the middle of a dirt road. A couple who was in the area told authorities they saw Lyle pass them at a high rate of speed and later found him on the road nearby.

    Investigators believe Lyle may have lost control of his bike or swerved to avoid an obstacle. Lyle was wearing a helmet and riding gear.

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    Crazy! Heart attack maybe?

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    Something odd. Losing control on a dirt road doesn't usually cause death, unless you run into something.

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    There have been other fatalities on dirt roads particularly with jumps. If a jump is nearby (water control) , it's not all that hard to land headfirst into the ground at speed - this can easily be fatal.

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    Normally you would think that a dirt road would be about as safe as it gets, but one thing to consider is that you can generally get going a lot faster on a road than your typical singletrack trail. More speed = more force, so if you do crash it can be nasty.

    Had a friend swap out and high side on a steep/smooth fire road descent. Didn't kill him, but the crash resulted in a traumatic brain injury. His head whiplashed backwards into the hard packed gravel and it has had some pretty life changing consequences for him.

    No accounting for freak accidents and sometimes sh!t happens. My heart goes out to this guy's family.

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    Wow 2014 gonn abe harsh, thats at least 2maybe 3 deaths already for us MTB'rs.

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    As sad as this is, and it is truly sad. I constantly hear about road bike fatalities and by comparison, very, very rarely do I hear about mountain bike fatalities. Most mountain bikers take on some inherent risks like jumps and other technical obstacles, but I will take my chances with trees, dirt, and rocks any day over automobiles and asphalt.

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