A mountain biker has died after coming off his bike during a ride in Tasmania’s north-east.

Key points:

  • A 67-year-old man died after coming off his bike during a technical descent
  • Police said he was wearing safety gear
  • Mayor Mick Tucker says the crash will be investigated

Around 4:15pm on Friday, an ambulance was called to the St Helens mountain bike trail head on Flagstaff Road after reports a 67-year-old man had suffered a serious crash during a technical descent.

Despite the efforts of members of the public and paramedics, the man died from his injuries.

Police said the man, from the state’s north-west, was an experienced rider and was wearing safety gear at the time.

They have urged all those who head out on mountain bike trails during the warmer months to be careful, wear safety equipment and ride to their abilities.

Break O’Day Mayor Mick Tucker paid his condolences to the family of the man.

“It’s an absolute tragedy and our deepest sympathies go to the families and friends and the people who have been there while this occurred,” he said.

“And I just thank the emergency personnel who’ve just done whatever they can in these circumstances.”

Mr Tucker said the cause of the crash would be investigated.

St Helens is a holiday hotspot for mountain bikers and was last year named Tassie’s Top Tourism Town by the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania.

The town recently opened about 110 kilometres of mountain bike trails to complement those at nearby Derby, which is internationally recognised as a mountain biking destination.

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