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    Fatality in Crested Butte?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/mikecushi...29941862068224

    I can't find anything official yet, but terrible news if true.

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    There is nothing out there. How did you hear so soon?

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    There was a link to that tweet on another website. That's all I can find.

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    Sounds like it's true - Tragedy in Crested Butte - Pinkbike
    Terribly bad news. The rider concerned hasn't been named yet.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    Richard Cunningham from pinkbike posted this in the comments section of a page about the EWS...

    " Someone got hurt pretty badly, PB has recieved a number of reports that say its the worst news, but we are waiting to post after we hear the official word from EWS."

    Between that and the fact that there is an eerie quiet around the race (no timing updates, no photos, etc) makes it seem like something is up. I hope not, but something seems off.

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    Enduro World Series
    Definitely official now.
    Condolences to the family of the rider concerned.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    Wow. So sad to hear this.

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    Damnit I know too many people there... not going to be able to sleep well tonight.

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    Mt. Crested Butte Police released an official report which can be viewed on their facebook page (Gunnison Regional 911 center).

    The rider passed from his injuries at the scene.

    Absolutely devastating...CB is a desperately heavy place tonight. RIP lovelies.

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    Here's the most complete report I've seen so far from Velonews

    Terribly tragic news. Looks like the rider was Will Olson of Edwards, CO a top 30+ amateur. Sincerest condolences and prayers out to the family.
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    Tragic news, he was taken to young. He died doing something he loved in a beautiful place and we should all be so lucky at the end.

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    Freak accident on a non technical section of trail. It can happen to anyone.
    Ride In Peace. I used to live in Vail and still have friends there who knows Will as I see their condolences on FB. Our community is close knit and degrees of separation are smaller than others. I think the race organizers did the respectful thing by canceling the race and hosting a memorial ride. This is sad news indeed.

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    I was about 20 minutes ahead of Will. He was racing Veteran Expert 30+ and had won the previous Big Mountain Enduro for that class. Stage 3 wasn't super technical terrain so speeds were very high on narrow/tight trails through pgroves of pine trees and aspens. We initially heard somebody went down hard and was injured. Later on we learned that he had passed away on site. Heavy heavy stuff in CB.

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    Fatality in Crested Butte?

    I don't race enduros, probably won't, but I have a background in military ground and air operations, to include CASEVAC/MEDEVAC operations. So, it got me interested in the level of planning that the organizers put into these events.

    I have some questions that, if you've seen this sort of thing, please chime in and tell me.

    1) Have you seen events with pre-planned/designated/marked ambulance exchange locations?

    2) Have you seen events with pre-planned/designated/cleared and marked HLZs?

    3) Have you seen or heard of event staff conducting rehearsals of MEDEVAC ops?

    4) Do event staff/managers coordinate with outside agencies to preempt medical emergencies, speed up medical services, etc? Meaning, would local EMS have the grids to the pre-planned HLZs?

    5) How well are medical staff prepared to handle traumatic injuries?
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    Yes to all. One of our directors is a ski patroller at Big Sky, and he takes it seriously. The level of medical support that we can provide at any given race varies with the local partners and resources, but all these questions are asked and answered and local medical resources are contacted and coordinated with. When available we have RAT teams or at least volunteer EMTs and ski patrollers strategically positioned on course. We had an air ambulance company on board as a sponsor this year, but unfortunately they had to pull out. Hopefully we'll have them on board next year.

    I've taken a multi-day wilderness first aid course, but I'm overdue for a refresher.

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    Very cool. Glad to see that people are thinking about these things. A little time and effort on the front end can save lives.
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