Young mountain biker airlifted to hospital

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A promising young mountain biker was airlifted to hospital following an accident at a competition over the weekend.

Ryan Brannen, The youngest rider in the Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique Downhill Team, suffered serious injuries after a crash during round three of the Scottish Downhill Series in Glencoe.

According to an eye witness, Ryan – originally from Glenrothes but now living in Larbert – suffered “severe trauma” and is being kept in hospital in Glasgow for the next few days for observation.

The source said: “There were spots found on his scan which indicate severe trauma. I think that’ll be his season over for this year, it was a truly horrible thing to see.

“We still had four of our guys waiting on their runs at the top, they knew it was Ryan and could see the helicopter and knew it was pretty bad.”

The race took place on Glencoe’s legendary Black Run, which is said to be one of the steepest and most technical tracks on the Scottish circuit.