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  • Big Thanks to my rescuers – Porridgepot
  • Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Yesterday I had a big “off” at Porridgepot near Deepcut. I was on a run that I’ve done a few times and never had a problem…but yesterday …..hit the depression after the drop in and went slightly off to the right and ended upgoing over a hump rather that the narrow route. However, enough of what I did.

    I whacked mylft hip heavily into the bank. Laid there for a whileto take stock of what I’d done.Knew I was hurt but slowly managed to get upright and move a few yards along where the trail briefly flattened.

    I was on my own… what an idiot, No one round and I knew I couldn’t move any further.

    Started feeling shaky and a bit scared tbh. But luck was on my side in a big way.I saw two riders on a ridge opposite and called out for help. With no hestation they made their way across to me. They helped me(more or less carried me) to the central open area in Porridgpot. They recovered my bike.They were then joined by another rider.

    It became obvious I was going to need proper help. They called for an ambulance. They tried to make me as comfortable a possible. My wife was called and came back with blankets.One them fixed the access barrier so that the ambulance could actually get in They stayed with me for over 2 hours and wouldn’t go until they knew I was being attended to by the paramedics…

    Scott, Phil and Dean…. YOU ARE ABSOLUTE STARS, you’ve restored my faith in human nature.I really can’t thank you enough…owe you a beer,no, more like a decent meal. I don’t if any of you are on here but, as they will know I have texted them andwill call them.

    Other riders stopped and skedif they could help as did several dog walkers.

    The paramedics and the staff at Frimley Park Hospital were very good as well. And I thank them.

    Bottomline is that xrays showed I haven’t broken my hip/pelvis as was feared might be the case.I’m at home now, just about able to move a bit on crutches and on plenty of painkillers.

    Big lesson learnt…. at 74years old I’m an idiot to ride alone on anything remotely out of the way and (for me) a bit testing. I should scale back on how ambitious a trail I try.

    Another big lesson is that with all the doom and gloom about human nature there are still a lot really great people around.

    Sorry for such a long post. I don’t usually write this sort of thing but the whole thing has made me feel quite emotional

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    1. Glad you are ok and got the help you need.

    2. What a top bunch of lads. I’d hope many of us would help out a fellow Mtb’er in distress, but it sounds like they were awesome.

    Premier Icon scuttler
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    Big up the rescue lads!
    Big up the paramedics!
    Big up the NHS!
    Big up the 74-yr old shredders!
    Big up being emotional!

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    I had to do an outdoor first aid course for my job last week.

    I’m now looking forward to practicing on unsuspecting mountainbikers like you…

    But in all seriousness was genuinely interesting and thought provoking. Hopefully I can be that helpful one day!

    Premier Icon onewheelgood
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    Glad you’re not seriously damaged, hope you feel better soon.

    Thanks for reassuring me that at 62 I’ve still got a few more years of being daft to go.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Brilliant job folks. 😊

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Big up the rescue lads!
    Big up the paramedics!
    Big up the NHS!
    Big up the 74-yr old shredders!

    Definitely all of this. Take it easy and i hope you recover fast.

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Thanks a lot for all your responses. I was sort of OK mentally before I got in the ambulance then I had a trembly moment….. I kept thinking…

    how bad it could been if I was lying there with no one finding me for ages

    How great the guys had been and how I’d screwed up their rides.

    How I’d worried my family.

    What a dumbass I’d been

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    I meant to say. I don’t think you should feel remotely daft for cycling alone, yes this time got a bit runny but how much benefit do you get from being fit and active?

    Just make some sensible precautions. Share your position on WhatsApp. Tell people where you are going and how long you’ll be etc. And crack on.

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    I meant to say. I don’t think you should feel remotely daft for cycling alone, yes this time got a bit runny but how much benefit do you get from being fit and active?

    Just make some sensible precautions. Share your position on WhatsApp. Tell people where you are going and how long you’ll be etc. And crack on.

    Thanks @joshvegas

    I do use Garmin Livetrack which notifies my wife.It works sometimes but totally fails others.

    She also  does a basic track on Google Maps. Yesterday,  one of my rescuers used What3Words for the 999 folks.  It worked but the ambulance had problems getting to the Porridgepot area because of all the closed roads due to all the house building activity surrounding it.

    Additional problems were that at Porridgepot although open to the public yesterday (and the big gates open), there is a low gate to stop vehicles. Fortunately, one  of my rescuers managed to remove part of that gate enough to allow an ambulance through.

    All very tricky when you think  about it.

    Premier Icon v7fmp
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    maybe time to invest in one of those helmets with a GPS tracker thing (is it specialzied that do them?)

    Or a flare gun!

    But glad you are ok and what a result that some decent humans where close by.

    As others have said, great effort by all involved.

    And dont let it put you off, i hope to be sending drops at your young age!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Thanks for posting this positive story. Someone link this to the ‘I hate everyone’ thread. Some of the helpers probably drive SUVs too.

    Premier Icon fossy
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    Good stuff, I always carry a couple of survival blankets and a survival bag now, after being first on scene to someone who had impaled themselves on their bars on the Blue at Deggers !

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Thanks again. Laying there waiting for the ambulance with my rescuers doing all they could to keep me going who said no, they wouldn’t leave even when my wife had arrived made me think of all the crap people we see and read about daily in the news and what a comparison to my rescuers and all the other people in helping me.

    Premier Icon tuboflard
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    Get well soon! Well done dropping compressions when 74, I’ll be just dropping Santogen by then I fear.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Great result, glad you’re on the mend.

    Only concern is becoming an accident stat on an area that the DIO is increasingly trying to keep cyclists away from…. would it stop me riding there, no. There are some of the TAG guys on here from time to time but it might be worth contacting them as well to see if they have any means of responding to the incident / removing the barrier.

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    Premier Icon cyclistm
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    Well this thread is all kinds of awesome.

    Premier Icon walowiz
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    @masterdabber Bloody hell – glad nothings broken ! And that you are ok and on the mend.

    74 and still riding like you’re 24 – something I can aspire and look forward to 🙂 Having been seen by a paramedic recently, I agree – they are an incredible group of people.

    No one seems to have asked, but how’s the bike ?

    Get well soon.

    Premier Icon alpin
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    Top Story!

    My old man can’t even get around a gold course using one of the buggys, yet you’re still dicking about on your bike!

    Awesome!

    Hope the bruises heal quickly and you’re out riding again soon!

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    at 74years old

    awesome indeed, and to your rescuers.  This has made me happy for all the right reasons

    Premier Icon jamj1974
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    Great that you got the help you needed from great people.

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    Glad you’re ok, and a big ♥️ to everyone who helped out!

    Premier Icon didnthurt
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    74 year old mountain biker!!! Amazing!

    Don’t let your current fall out you off, you’re an inspiration to mid forties rider like me.

    Awesome you had some great people near by to help.

    Heal well 👍

    Premier Icon pacerc100
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    Just read this and as a local the first thing I thought is could this be D and lo and behold just seen your strava feed. When Tom goes out (you have probably guessed who this is now) I always make him send a Garmin live track just in case. As you say it’s a bit hit and miss but it’s something at least. Get well soon buddy.

    Premier Icon csb
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    Inspirational thread. Top work OP and their rescuers!

    Premier Icon spooky_b329
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    I often ride alone…I normally start the Wahoo Element App which results in a tracking email going to my wife. However, to date she had failed to check it when I’m late home, or when I’m meant to be meeting her and the car at some point along the route!!!

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Hey folks.   What can I say, I’m overwhelmed by the response.  Thank you all.

    One thing I must clarify is that I’m no 74 year old black run tiger. I like to push myself a bit and sometimes beyond my limited skills.  But I do like to do more than stick to fire roads.


    @pacerc100
       Yes, I certainly know who you are and no surprise that you recognised me as the guy who fell off.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    74years.

    Much respect.

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Another big lesson is that with all the doom and gloom about human nature there are still a lot really great people around.

    Plus lots, been on the recieving end of a lot if kindness by strangers

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Plus lots, been on the recieving end of a lot if kindness by strangers

    Yes, kindness in abundance. Apart from the rescuers and folks I spoke about in my original post there is all the kindness that has been shown to me by all of you here on STW.  You’re a great crowd and I appreciate it so much. Many, many thanks.

    Derek

    Premier Icon theomen
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    That’s a real feel good story (how you were helped by so many and not your crash). I also hope I have at least 20 years more mountain biking in me to catch up with your 74 years.

    Premier Icon mrlebowski
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    Big up the rescue lads!
    Big up the paramedics!
    Big up the NHS!
    Big up the 74-yr old shredders!
    Big up being emotional!

    Covering all the right bases – top effort all!

    Premier Icon nickc
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    This thread is fabulous, if I’m 74 and posting that I had to recused for being too gnarly, I’m going to be well chuffed. Hope you recover well enough to get into another accident @masterdabber. 🙂

    Shout out to your rescuers for being top humans also!!

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    Great story, and very glad it all worked out. I wasn’t overly surprised to hear of all the help you got, honestly I think that most people have the capacity for great kindness. It’s just unfortunate that usually we hear about the dicks.

    What surprised me the most was your age! After reading the first part of the post I thought you were a middle aged STW warrior 🙂 As for this:

    at 74years old I’m an idiot to ride alone on anything remotely out of the way and (for me) a bit testing. I should scale back on how ambitious a trail I try.

    Disagree completely!
    1. You’re not an idiot, sh!t happens. If you’ve ridden that trail many times without issue there’s no reason not to ride it again.
    2. Sometimes we have to ride alone, maybe just take more precautions. If I’m riding alone I make sure I have my phone with me and that it has useful numbers in favorites (eg Swinley rangers), I have what3words installed in case I can’t describe where I am.
    3. Scale it back if you feel the need, but not based on one accident.

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    Thread of the week surely.

    Well done OP for still being out there.

    Well done everybody else for being great human beings 😁

    Premier Icon danbird
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    I was out on a ride with Dean, one of the guys who helped you. By a strange coincidence one of our group also had an off and fractured his hip in 2 places…

    We dropped him off at Frimley, he’s still there recovering.

    Hope you heal up soon.

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    I was out on a ride with Dean, one of the guys who helped you. By a strange coincidence one of our group also had an off and fractured his hip in 2 places…

    We dropped him off at Frimley, he’s still there recovering.

    Dean never mentioned that. A&E must love us.

    Actually, an update from me… had a call from the Fracture Clinic an hour ago to see how I was doing and, unfortunately, tell me they had reviewed my x-ray and found a small fracture so would I come in and get checked over by them. Hopefully nothing too serious but better to get it treated than not.

    You must all be fed up with hearing about this by now

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    No way.

    But seriously how is the bike?

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    No way.

    But seriously how is the bike?

    OK, I’ll bite 🙂

    I haven’t personally inspected it (sacrilege I know) but my son tells me that apart from imbedded mud all seems good. thank goodness. Btw, my Garmin was imbedded in the bank that I screwed up and hit.

    Premier Icon masterdabber
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    Just thought I owed you an update..  although you’re probably bored stiff by now.

    I had a call from the Fracture Clinic at the hospital a day or so back. Basically, they told me that I did have a small fracture (something A&E had missed) and made me an appointment to come in today to get it checked out. The original x-ray showed a small fracture of the pelvis. I had a further x-ray today which showed that nothing had moved and was stable.. and needed no intervention. The prognosis is that it will take around 6/8 weeks to heal.

    So bad news that the original examination told me all was sound and no breaks… the good news is the break could have been a lot worse.  Btw, a great doctor today, wicked sense of humour and real humanity.

    So, I’m not likely to be back on the bike for a bit but as soon as is sensible I’ll get the turbo out…. probably set it in ERG mode with minimal watts and just slowly spin (I know you don’t usually slowly spin :))  )

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