By Jeff Todd

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A mountain biker says a renegade runner attacked him on the popular North Table Mountain Loop trail near Golden.

“For the past few nights it’s the last thing I think about before I go to sleep and I think about it plenty during the day. It’s an unwelcome distraction,” Andrew said about the incident Saturday afternoon.

Andrew says he was climbing the Loop trail on the east side of North Table Mountain and repeatedly rang his bell and alerted the trail runner he was trying to pass. The runner couldn’t hear him. A cyclist going in the opposite direction finally got the runners attention.

CBS4’s Jeff Todd interviews Andrew (credit: CBS)

“He didn’t like me shaking my head,” Andrew said.

A few minutes later the runner and Andrew met again on the Loop trail on the south side of the mountain.

“He gets probably to this side of me almost completely past me and says, ‘I remember you.’ And before I know it he’s grabbing my throat. He basically shoved me over onto the boulder and I just went into total protection mode and tried to cover my head,” Andrew said. “After the two punches he stomped on my back kind of right around here,” Andrew said.

(credit: drunkcyclist.com)

Then the runner allegedly threw Andrew’s bike 50 feet down the mountain off the trail.

“I’ve replayed the incident over in my head multiple times thinking what I could have done differently,” he said.

Andrew posted about the incident on a blog he contributes to.  Since the post he’s received an outpouring of support and suggestions from amateur detectives.

(credit: drunkcyclist.com)

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking for a man in his 20s to 30s, about six feet tall, and blond hair. He could be facing charges of assault and felony property damage.

The best clue is what was written on the suspects shirt, which has been identified as a local running club. That club is working with Andrew to identify the suspect.

Andrew (credit: CBS)

Andrew says he not only wants justice, but also wants this issue to spark conversation on how people can treat each other with more respect on the trails.

“What this guy did really just affects me, but the entire incident affects trail etiquette. There’s a lot of confrontations that happen,” Andrew said.

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

Comments (20)
  1. “Ahh, it’s so peaceful out in nature…” (choke, slap, stomp)

  2. Runners versus bicyclists and bicyclists versus cars. I’m sure this bicyclist has a few stories about vehicular encounters and would like to grab a few car drivers by the throat. I can’t attest to the attitude of trail bicyclists, but if they’re anything like most street bicyclists they think the right of way belongs to them and everyone else better stay out of their way.

    My wife runs and I just told her about this story. She smiled.

    1. As a cyclist, myself, I agree with you about most street bicyclists. I’ve been riding all my county for the past two years. Mostly I ride the sidewalks (it’s legal) because here in Florida many of the roads are too dangerous .And because cyclists can ride all year long, I tend to see hundreds who think the roads and sidewalks were made just for them. I’ve noticed how 99% of car drivers always give way to cyclists because they expect them to do whatever they want. Having driven cars for over 50 years, and motorcycles for 28 years – all accident-free – I tend to give way to others even if I have the right of way. And I ride to avoid pedestrians; I don’t just assume they’ll step out of my way. If I’m going along a sidewalk and come to a side road that I have to cross, if there is a car about to turn into that road, I stop and wave it on, yet most of those drivers wave me across. I guess they’re used to cyclists just charging across without looking. Most cyclists, here, don’t have mirrors on their bikes, and quite a few don’t have lights at night. Here and there I see signs in memory of cyclists who have been killed. Law enforcement has more to do that go after cyclists. Altogether, the system works pretty well despite the ignorant cyclists. Worse than ignorant cyclists, though, are vehicle drivers looking at cell phones. And that’s another story.

  3. Boo Hoo – if he rides with the arrogance and “I own the road (trail)” attitude that street bicyclists do, he got what he had coming to him. Here in Philly I have had more than one cyclist kick my car and damage it and then ride off the wrong way on a one way street so I cannot follow him, one blocking the one driving lane of a narrow street, and off the designated bike lane, going 15 MPH who when I honked my horn simply gave me the finger. When I di finally pass him and had to stop at a light, he kicked a dent in my back right fender and then rode off the wrong way on a one way street. Not traceable – no license to track him by. ALL BIKES SHOULD HAVE IDENTIFYING LICENSE PLATES.

  4. Damn, even runners hate jerks on bikes

  5. Similar thoughts to other posters…even the runners hate cyclists. Bicyclists can be so arrogant, they run stop signs, ignore traffic laws, speed, and then always play the victim. Caveat..I used to be a bicycler, and was even rear ended by a drunk driver while I was riding on the SIDEWALK…but even still, I can’t stand most bicyclists…total whiny, holier than thou, jerks.

  6. “Share the road, man!” Can’t speak for running trails, but cyclists DO NOT BELONG ON THE STREET! As the country’s population grows by leaps and bounds, so does vehicular traffic, for which the streets were made. They ride narrow country roads, often in packs and expect cars to bow to them as they congest traffic and create a dangerous hazard to themselves and the drivers/passengers of cars. Drivers become frustrated and try to pass. Oncoming traffic often has nowhere to go. Riding on the streets and highways should be illegal for all the obvious reasons.

  7. It’s priceless…the two most obstructive groups on the road fight over space. They should just get into a traffic blocking contest to settle it.

  8. “And just went into protective mode.” What a p….

    1. Yeah, I got that too. The new normal american male. When attacked, cry and assume the fetal position and cry some more. Can you imagine this new normal in a war. First he gives up then sues the other side. The new normal isn’t worth cold spit.

  9. I grew up near there and we used to run all over those flat tops , shoot, ride motorcycles, now it’s open space in a place that drew most of California’s middle class. Call me shocked.

  10. caffeineator says:

    I ride a bike and take pains not to get in the way of cars, runners, or anybody that would be affected by my bike. On the flip side, I hate when bikers take up an entire lane or prevent me from driving somewhere. When I’m walking down a trail, I hate when bikers come storming out of nowhere trying to show how close they can come. I completely side with the runner. I don’t have to see the “facts”. I’ve had to hold myself back from running over a biker going up a hill and taking the entire lane. They have no sense.

  11. Take off the earbuds in places where you need to hear

  12. Both bikers and runners are obnoxious. Sort of like seventh graders. I’m certain it is worse in college towns. They are oh, so intelligent and arrogant.

  13. Bicyclists are always crying about their dangerous, bad manners being challenged.

  14. 2 hippies going at it. Love it.

  15. Vito Corleone “you can start by acting like a man”

  16. “I rang my bell!” I’ve been cycling for 50 years and I hate the bell ringers. Open your phucking mouth, slow down and be considerate. It is the same with cars. They’re bigger and faster and if they have to slow to 25 or 20 for a few seconds doesn’t affect their average pace because they can jump to 40 in two seconds. The cyclists should gesture their intent and make eye contact when possible. Communicate!! All that said, the major problem is everyone is listening to loud music. They’re not attentive. You can relate to the ear budded weight lifters. I call them Clangers, slamming the weight down. Inconsiderate narcissistic boors.

  17. Even cyclists hate cyclists.

    For sheer entertainment, read the whining Yelp reviews of every bike shop in the country.

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