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Injured mountain biker out of coma

Courtney Crane | September 24th, 2013

You Yangs rider flown to hospital

A MAN who suffered a cardiac arrest and head injuries during a biking competition in the You Yangs yesterday is in a serious but stable condition at The Alfred hospital.

Sean Craig was flown to hospital after he fell from his bike on a flat section of the track while competing in the over-35s category of the You Yangs Mountain Bike Club's annual Cressy Descent.

Paramedic Ron Baars said Mr Craig, aged in his 30s, had been revived by first-aid personnel before ambulance crews reached the remote scene about 1pm.

Club president Ian Mortenson visited Mr Craig in hospital yesterday.

"The good news being he is out of his coma and conscious," Mr Mortenson said.

"He is likely to be released from intensive care this evening and moved to the cardiac ward for further tests and diagnosis of what caused his heart attack.

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"His sister said he keeps asking when he can go home and get his bike because he needs to go back to the You Yangs and race his mate and beat him to prove he is the fastest.

"His family appreciates everyone's concern and is grateful for all the sympathy and kind messages of support. They would particularly like to thank the guys who performed CPR."

Mr Mortenson said four serious incidents had happened within five minutes of racing on Sunday. Other riders suffered injuries including heavy concussion and a fractured radius.

He praised the quick actions of the track marshall and Victorian First Aid Services medics who responded to Mr Craig.

"On the eve of the 2013-14 Victorian DH Series this is a serious reminder that mountain biking is a risky sport and that all involved should have ambulance cover as a bare minimum," he said.

- with DANNY LANNEN and ANDRIA COZZA
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