Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue evacuates injured mountain bikers in separate incidents 72 hours apart

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team
(Image credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team)

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue (opens in new tab) came to the assistance of two seriously injured mountain bikers at Innerleithen (opens in new tab) during a spate of incidents over three days.

The first call out occurred on Saturday, June 18th at 10.15am. The rescue team were notified of a rider who had suffered injuries to his head and face, and potentially been knocked unconscious after coming off his bike – putting him their 'high risk' category. The volunteer service were rapidly on-scene and administering care to the casualty on the lower part of the Matador trail within 30 minutes. After providing initial first aid, the rescue team then took the rider to the waiting ambulance which departed for Borders General Hospital.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue were called out again later that same day to a 33-year-old man who'd suffered chest and side injuries after crashing his mountain bike and hitting a rock. Shortly after being mobilized, the team was stood down though as the paramedics in attendance had managed to reach the casualty and were able to walk him to the ambulance.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team attending to an injured mountain biker

(Image credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team)

The next rescue incident took place on Tuesday, June 21st at 1.32pm The team were called to the aid of another seriously injured mountain biker who had injuries to his shoulder and back, along with breathing difficulties. The rescue team provided initial first aid to the rider then took him to an awaiting ambulance who got him off to hospital for further treatment.

Later on June 21st at 6.36pm, Tweed Valley were called to assist a gravel rider who had crashed towards the end of the first day of the Rapha Pennine Rally and suffered a dislocated shoulder as result.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team attending to an injured mountain biker

(Image credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team)

Four call-outs within three days is highly unusually for the volunteer rescue service who usually attend around 40 incidents a year. However, 2021 saw that number double to over 80 as increasing numbers of people took to the outdoors during lockdown and in the months that followed.

Wherever you're riding, ensure you tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back. When out on the trails, having a good idea of where you are at all times is vital so you can give a precise location (an OS grid reference (opens in new tab) is best) in case of injury to yourself or others.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue is a volunteer service funded through charitable donations, if you'd like to make a contribution, please go to their Just Giving page.

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

A seasoned journalist with over 20 years experience, Rich heads up the Bike Perfect team having previous been editor of What Mountain Bike magazine and written for MBUK, Bikeradar, Cycling Plus as well as many other magazines and websites. He’s been riding mountain bikes since the mid-nineties and mostly likes hitting flowy yet technical trails that point downhill. A jack of many trades, Rich has competed in cross-country, enduro and long distance events, not to mention also now adding gravel to his riding repertoire. Rich resides in North Devon and can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield in the Quantocks, the Mendips or Exmoor. 


Rides: YT Jeffsy Uncaged 6, Canyon Spectral, Vitus Substance VR

Height: 175cm

Weight: 70kg