A warning has been posted on the Facebook page of a bike shop in South Wales alerting riders about barbed wire which had been placed on a trail.
In the post on the Afan Valley Bike Shed page, the cyclist states that he was almost beheaded by the wire which he hit with his chest before it slid up to his neck. He ended up having to unwrap the wire from around his throat.
Fortunately, the cyclist was left with just some scrapes and a small cut. He also outlined that he would passing on details including photos to the police.
This isn’t the first such incident in the UK as last year a mountain biker in the North East of England posted photos and details of the injury he sustained when he rode into barbed wire in Guisborough Forest.
The post on the Afan Valley Bike Shed Facebook page is as follows:
A Warning to anyone riding back country in the Welsh Valleys!
I was riding on Saturday in the Ton Pentre area, down a trail I’ve ridden many times, and was almost beheaded by barbed wire strung up across the trail between two trees. Thank god I’m a big bloke as it cut across my chest and shoulders before sliding up to my neck. Seriously thought I was a goner as had to unwrap the wire from round my throat. Completely trashed my jacket but thankfully just scrapes and one small puncture on my arm. I have no idea what the complete twat who put the wire there was thinking but had it been a shorter rider, they might well have killed someone. This was an area of trail where you clearly ride at speed. What could they possibly hope to achieve through this action? I’ll be passing the attached photos and this information to the Police.
Ride safely out there.