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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Cyclists severely injured on Lake District passes

Cyclists have been airlifted to hospital with severe injuries following falls while competing in a gruelling challenge.

Two men were injured on separate Lake District passes while competing in the annual Fred Whitton Challenge today.

The Great North Air Ambulance’s Pride of Cumbria helicopter was scrambled to help each of the cyclists and get them to hospitals.

In the first call-out, at 10.30am, a man from Portsmouth was taken to hospital in Preston after falling from his bike on the steep descent at Honister Pass.

The aircrew’s doctor and paramedic treated him at the scene for multiple injuries before flying him to hospital in Lancashire. His injuries were described as serious or severe.

In the second call-out, at 2pm, a man suffered head and pelvis injuries after falling on the descent of Wrynose Pass.

This time the helicopter crew were helped at the scene by members of the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team.

He was also flown to Preston with injuries described as severe or serious.

Thousands were competing in the Fred Whitton, a landmark date on Cumbria’s sporting calendar for amateur cyclists looking to take on a major challenge.

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