Cyclists warned off copying Danny MacAskill after Skye rescue

Danny MacAskill's 2014 film The Ridge saw him climb to 3,200ft
Danny MacAskill's 2014 film The Ridge saw him climb to 3,200ft
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Mountain bikers in the Cuillin range in Skye are warned not to imitate stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill following a woman being rescued by helicopter after breaking her leg.

In what is thought to be the first incident of its kind, the 30-year-old Swiss cyclist was airlifted to hospital after crashing among boulders nearly 2,000ft up in Coire Lagan last Friday.

A film by MacAskill of tricks performed in the mountain range three years ago - The Ridge - has been viewed more than 50 million times online.

The woman was winched aboard a Coastguard helicopter and flown to the Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital Broadford Hospital in Skye for treatment to her lower leg.

She is reported to have since flown home to Switzerland.

The alarm had been raised when a walker - who was alerted by the woman’s companion seeking help - reached the Glenbrittle campsite.

The Skye Mountain Rescue Team, which also took part, said the incident was the first they were aware of involving a cyclist in the jaggy range.

Leader Gerry Akroyd urged mountain bikers not to attempt to emulate MacAskill.

He said: “It must have taken her up to two hours to get to Coire Lagan.

“She might have been able to cycle part of it, but then would have had to carry her bike.

“It looks like she was trying to cycle over some slabs down to the lower corrie, but came unstuck.

“She seems to have got five to ten yards, then went over the handlebars.

“Her companion went to get help and met a walker, who she told to raise the alarm.

"She had all the gear on – helmet and knee pads, thankfully.

“Someone said she had been ‘doing a MacAskill’. But the message for anyone heading up into the Cuillin is to not to try to outdo him.”

Mr Ackroyd said the slabs where the woman crashed were featured in The Ridge.

Another team member said: “We have been coming across people on bikes in places they shouldn’t really be.

“Once they do get to these places they soon realise that in reality it is a very different prospect from what they thought it would be like.”

However, another rescue official played down links with the stunt cyclist.

He told The Scotsman: “A lot of people take their bikes into the Cuillin, and they have been doing so long before Danny MacAskill."