Injured mountain biker fights for his life


An English tourist was left fighting for his life after a mountain bike crash near Queenstown.

Constable Terry Wood, of Queenstown, says the 27-year-old man had life-threatening head injuries after he fell off his bike on Moke Lake Rd just before 6pm on Sunday.

Const Wood didn’t know what caused the crash. The man, who was biking with a friend, was wearing a helmet, he says.

The crash happened on a relatively straight, downhill section of gravel road.

The injured man was taken to Lakes District Hospital and transferred to Dunedin by the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust helicopter.

Last night he was in the intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital.