Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 3rd, 2010 at 5:23 pm
A man crashed while on the annual "Hoodbomb" downhill bike ride on Saturday afternoon. According to a woman who responded to the scene of the crash around 5:30 pm, a young man that was part of a group of people on the descent overshot a hairpin corner and crashed into a cement barrier. The man was taken to OHSU Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter.
I've been unable to determine the identity and/or the condition of the man but will update this story when I know more.
This is the second year in a row that there has been a serious crash on the Hoodbomb run. Last year, 22 year old Laura Sherrod crashed in a similar section of the road between Timberline Lodge and Highway 26. Sherrod hit a fog pole with her chest causing several broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade, a collapsed lung and a punctured lung.
Hoodbomb is the Mt. Hood version of the well-known local ride known as Zoobomb, a weekly tradition where Portlanders ride mini-bikes downhill from high atop Washington Park back into downtown. The Oregonian also covered this story, referring to the person who crashed as a "daredevil bicyclist" that was participating in "a hell-for-leather race from Timberline Lodge down Mount Hood organized by the underground biking community."
UPDATE, 8/4 at 3:00pm: The Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office have issued a statement saying they will have "zero tolerance" for Hoodbombing. Full story here.