Mountain Biker Sues Race Group Over Injury
Seeks compensation for broken back
Portland mountain biker Lisa Belair has filed suit against organizers of the Dog River Super D bike race after she took a spill on the course and fractured her spine in four places in May 2014, the Oregonian reports.
Belair says trees along the race route that had toppled during a storm days before the event hadn’t been cleared, despite assurances from the race organizers that they had been. A large tree that had fallen across the course couldn’t be moved in time, so race workers covered it with dirt, turning it into a jump that riders weren’t prepared for, Belair says. She hit the jump and crash-landed. Her attorney told the Oregonian that Belair is able to walk and ride, albeit painfully.