Mountain biker flips over handlebars on South Mountain

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on August 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 2:51 PM

PHOENIX -- Bruised and banged up, a mountain biker is recovering after he flipped over his handlebars while riding the trails at South Mountain Sunday morning.

“He was descending the National Trail a high rate of speed," said Phoenix firefighter Todd Lentz. "He's a well-known biker from the area, a young kid about 19 years old, and he went head over the handlebars."

Lentz said other people on the mountain stopped to help the biker and waited with him until firefighters arrived.

Several rescue crews responded around 8:30 a.m., but getting the biker off the mountain ended up being pretty routine.

“We made our way about 2 miles into the trail and just determined he was OK," Lentz said. "We stabilized him, gave him some water, and ended up doing a walk down with him."

Along with having some minor injuries, the mountain biker was evaluated for a mild concussion.

“He just needed some help. When we first initially stood him up, probably from the heat and from the trauma that went on -- he did hit his head a little bit -- he got dizzy and we had to sit him back down," Lentz said. "We had to determine whether or not we were going to carry him down which would have been a lot more technical than just letting him walk down."

Lentz said the mountain biker was wearing a helmet.

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