This story has appeared on FB today , it has provoked quite a lot of emotional responses regarding the mandatory wearing of neck braces and body armour etc.
I think that the way BMX tracks are now being built that it was only a matter of time before a tragic accident like this occurred , click on the link below to read the news story.
In my opinion I think that riders really need to think about the risks involved in BMX and take as much precaution as necessary , I know when you are young you think that you are invincible , but as this story sadly shows ..we are not.
Will it eventually come to the point where every BMX track has to be fenced off for safety reasons and only ridden under strict supervision ??
Here are a few responses from the UK BMX riders on FB, please feel free to leave your comments below.
Miles Kirby I get much more nervous as a parent of a rider than I ever did as a racer myself. I’ve had numerous bad crashes and broken bones, and the thought of just that kind of thing freaks me out a bit. It’s a terrible thing to read, but as the article says a freak accident, which could still happen to anyone. As the tracks get more insane the chances of this kind of thing must increase, but the level of rider skill and technical ability seems, at the moment, to be rising in a parallel with it.
Philip Gray ok not strictly a bmx accident but dan ‘athey’ Atherton has also bust his c1 in 4 places (see 3 min gaps ) he lived. along with my friend jas ‘the gun’ Brenan bust his c3 and c5 (on top of his c4 once b4).
these are people I know and respect unfortunately this type of accident is not uncommon.
as jas lay in a spinal ward for a year I went to see him regularly and what got me was some of the other patients in that ward were not their because they chose an extreme sport such as dh or bmx or rock climbing etc, some cause they fell out the bath or just happened to be passing the top of the stairs when they tripped.
so my point is it could happen any time, any where. where the best protection you can afford.
Mark Hutt Very tragic and so sad. For sure the tracks are just getting too scary now. Too high and stupidly steep start hills with race breakers at the bottom. Every new c and k track trying to out do the previous one. Yes, the kids do adapt to anything put before them and love riding these tracks. However, for me as a parent, it just doesn’t sit well on my conscience especially with the speeds getting even higher as my kids get older.