Wire blocked trail puts scare into weekend ride by Alberta dirt bike enthusiasts

By on April 26, 2017


The riders were in the Porcupine Hills near Claresholm on Sunday afternoon when they noticed the wire blocking the path just before they came upon it. (Photo: Steven Tyler PJs/ Flickr)
The riders were in the Porcupine Hills near Claresholm on Sunday afternoon when they noticed the wire blocking the path just before they came upon it. (Photo: Steven Tyler PJs/ Flickr)

CLARESHOLM –Some dirt-bike riders in southern Alberta say they narrowly avoided getting seriously injured last weekend when they encountered barbed wire stretched across a trail.

The riders were in the Porcupine Hills near Claresholm on Sunday afternoon when they noticed the wire blocking the path just before they came upon it.

Todd Campbell, who was in the group, says everyone managed to stop in time.

He says they were left unnerved by the encounter.

Other riders in the area say racing flags have been removed from trails in the past and they’ve also seen barbed wire on paths.

The RCMP is investigating.

“If somebody hadn’t of seen it, they would have gone right into it.” said Campbell. “It (the wire) could have gone right into their neck, broken their neck, taken their head clean off, you never know.”