Spectator Suffers Spectacular Crash Trying To Ride DH World Cup Course

During the finals of the Cairns, Australia World Cup DH Race, Adam Brayton clipped a tree and took a big digger that resulted in a broken leg. While he was being treated, a spectator offered to take his bike back down to the pits. After pushing the bike partially down the mountain, the spectator decided to hop on the bike (despite having no helmet) and ride down the track. Hit play to watch the carnage and drop past the break for another angle. 

The event occurred during Steve Peats run, so the Syndicate rider was given a second run. He was only one of two riders to have raced at the venue 18 years ago, and was 7th fastest man down the treacherous track.



Cory Benson - 04/26/14 - 4:41pm

Ouch, but seriously what was he thinking! Sure rolling really slow down may have been a reasonable thing to do, but what do you expect cruising a pro DH course with no protective gear, and clearly not competent enough to clear the whoops. Not even the pros would do that.
I do hope this guy is Ok, though.

SamSkjord - 04/26/14 - 6:11pm

What a silly sausage.

ginsu - 04/26/14 - 6:40pm

Darwin Award! makes the pros look good

MulletRacer - 04/26/14 - 7:44pm


Cisco - 04/26/14 - 7:47pm

I hope he is alright and all he is left with is – EXPERIENCE

sending good vibes!


ononecog - 04/26/14 - 9:48pm

it looks like he had helmet, that blasted off his head and landed in the bottom of one of the whoops

Vince pearl - 04/26/14 - 10:45pm

Holy sh*t he got rocked. But d*mn don’t we all get hammered like that once in a blue moon? I remember getting knocked out cold many times riding bmx. Viva our sport!

guillaume - 04/27/14 - 12:45am

Any update on him?pretty bad crash especially without any protection gear.rough day for him :(
stop calling him stupid please he is just young,
by the way,who would have the guts to do what he did ? not me

Cdub - 04/27/14 - 1:04am

Very questionable choices, but more importantly, I hope he recovers well. Very unfortunate crash.

Ajax - 04/27/14 - 2:25am

Why does the video stop there?. I want t see what happens next.

Lahrs - 04/27/14 - 2:40am

Cdub, agree completely!

Thinking about this more today, I wonder if the brakes are back to front to what he was used to? Being an Aussie living in Canada, I have to warn people if they borrow my bike that the front brake is probably the opposite to what they are used to.

Just a thought, regardless, hope he doesn’t suffer any long term issues from accident.

zohurap - 04/27/14 - 3:42am

Hold my beer, I’ma take care of that bike.

Mud Cycles - 04/27/14 - 3:52am

Steve Peat tweeted earlier that he spoke to the guy (probably to thank him for the 2nd run lifeline) and the guy has cracked 2 vertebra.
Painful lesson for that punter!
There’s a reason why the pros wear all that protective gear.

iwilki - 04/27/14 - 11:51am

First Brayton goes down, then this guy packs it. Problem here seems to be a faulty bike…

notapro - 04/27/14 - 3:26pm

It was brayton’s bike so the brakes were probably moto. It’s cool peaty got a rerun but not cool on minaa’s dq

Jimmie - 04/27/14 - 3:38pm

Letting a spectator onto the course is the most bone headed thing to allow and the results are there to prove it. He had zero business being allowed onto the course during an active race. In this day and age, the race organizers may find themselves held accountable for letting this dumb dumb hurt himself.

Ilikeicedtea - 04/27/14 - 5:52pm


What happens next is that Steve Peat almost ran over his carcass. He got a restart because of it.

jyo-jo - 04/27/14 - 7:17pm

Dang. Hope recovery is quick. Flex-fit’s aren’t the best choice for head protection… Just sayin’

ginsu - 04/27/14 - 7:51pm

@Jimmie – I don’t think they really ‘let’ him go out there, he just took it upon himself to grab the bike and go. What would you have them do? Lock down the course and call out ‘We gotta an active idiot out on the course, take him down immediately without hesitation!’

It’s not exactly easy to communicate with somebody riding down a trail at the same time.

Jimmie - 04/27/14 - 11:04pm

@ginsu. That’s exactly the job of course marshals. Do fans have a go at bat in the middle of a baseball game? Do fans take over when their favorite quarterback gets hurt? Try getting into the seat of a Nascar next time there is a crash. Every sport, including cycling has safety protocols in place to protect spectators and the athletes. If this guy had caused Steve Peat a crash that resulted in a career ending injury, the comments here would be a lot worse. All I can say is the guy is stupid and got what was coming to him.

Keith - 04/28/14 - 3:59am

He could’ve cleared them with a FAT bike?

What? - 04/28/14 - 6:33am

If he was on a 27.5 it would have rolled right over that.

AlanM - 04/28/14 - 9:22am

@Jimmie, it’s not the job of the course marshalls to run on to the course and actively take the guy down. Cycling is different from other sports in that you have long open courses that we allow spectators to get right up next to. Your comparisons to other sports make no sense at all. You can’t prevent a determined idiot from doing something like this. There is no way you can blame the organizers or the marshalls (who are likely to be volunteers.)

C2R - 04/28/14 - 10:10am

Being a roadie, I have no clue so I’d love to see a link to a video of how that section was “intended” to be ridden if anyone has one! I don’t know much but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t like that.

Dave - 04/28/14 - 11:15am

@C2R, see Brendan Fairclough nail it at about 50 seconds in on this vid: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-world-cup-dh-round-2-highlights-2014.html

Mirwin - 04/28/14 - 12:12pm

WC DH course and no helmet = Darwin award.

Oderus - 04/28/14 - 1:38pm

@AlanM, that’s exactly the job of the course marshal…….to protect the athletes by keeping situations like this from happening. I enjoy a good crash as much as the next guy but Jimmie has a point. That dude should have never been out there.

puffy - 04/28/14 - 1:57pm

So put a helmet on and he’s fine? I think the lack of skill is the problem.

cole - 04/28/14 - 2:48pm

@C2R there’s a better view of Gee Atherton flying through them at 4:50 in the video Dave linked. The answer appears to be that you launch into them going 100 mph and then magically float through them as if they aren’t actually there.

0candles - 04/29/14 - 5:46am

@puffy Lack of skill indeed. @cole, Leaning over the rear wheel and lifting the front wheel definitely helps too. DH 101 methinks.

rob - 04/29/14 - 7:14am

interesting the bike rumor removed my criticism of them making a laughing stock of this blokes very bad decision… point of origin guess, the police of the world right?!

RUSTYDOGG - 04/29/14 - 2:06pm

I don’t see the big deal here. What happened to people being responsible for their own actions? If anything that dumb-ass should be financially responsible for any damage to that rig.

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