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Cyclist Falls More Than 100 Feet During Race

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A cyclist was hospitalized Saturday after hitting a guard rail and falling more than a 100 off a hillside.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon southwest of Deer Creek Canyon Park, off High Grade and Pleasant Park roads.

Members of a volunteer fire department had to repel down the hillside to rescue the victim.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Corrie Denes said the cyclist was a participant in the Healing Wheels Tour and his tire suddenly went flat, causing him to fall over the rail.

“A rider riding in the race was coming down the High Grade hill. It looks like one of his tires suddenly went flat, causing him to lose control, go over the guard rail and down 100 to 150 feet,” Denes said.

An ambulance took the rider to a hospital in Littleton. His condition wasn’t immediately available.

LINK: Healing Wheels Tour

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