Canada Calgary cyclist's neck sliced by barbed wire strung across trail

02:35  08 july  2017
02:35  08 july  2017 Source:   CBC

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A cyclist said he was nearly beheaded after he hit barbed wire stretched across a bike path. ‘I was almost beheaded by barbed wire strung up across the trail between two trees,’ he said.

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A cyclist turns onto 85th Street off of Lower Springbank Road. The area is popular with riders both alone and in big teams.: <span style=A Calgary cyclist had his neck sliced by barbed wire strung across a trail earlier this week." src="/upload/images/real/2017/07/08/a-cyclist-turns-onto-85th-street-off-of-lower-springbank-road-the-area-is-popular-with-riders-both-a_850613_.jpg" /> © Rachel Maclean/CBC A Calgary cyclist had his neck sliced by barbed wire strung across a trail earlier this week.

A Calgary cyclist had his neck sliced by barbed wire strung across a trail earlier this week.

Stelianos Psaroudakis says he was out for a fun evening ride in West Bragg Creek, about 50 kilometres outside Calgary, on July 5 at about 8 p.m. MT.

Early into his ride, he went down a hill standing up when he saw something in his peripheral vision.

"It was too late," he told CBC News Friday afternoon. "Just hit me right in the neck like a ton of bricks."

His neck is sliced from ear to ear, more than half a centimetre deep in places.

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A cyclist drove downhill into barbed wire strung across a trail west of Calgary . Two cyclists were out for a bike ride in the park about 50 kilometres west of Calgary on July 5, Cochrane RCMP spokesperson Cpl.

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'Trying to kill somebody'

Psaroudakis, a lifelong cyclist, believes the barbed wire was intentionally hung to hurt somebody. The wire was attached to a tree on either side of the trail at the bottom of a hill around a corner.

"They're malicious. They're trying to kill somebody. This is like attempted murder," he said. "If it was like... an inch higher, it would have taken my head off."

His lower back is badly injured because the wire "clotheslined me so I flew up in the air and landed on a rock." His liver is lacerated and doctors found internal bleeding. He says they believe those injuries will heal without surgery.

His friend was following at least 15 metres behind him, so wasn't caught by the wire.

Bike stolen

The two cyclists, both from Calgary, took down the wire, and leaving the bike on the trail, went back to their vehicle to drive to the hospital.

The next day, the bicycle had disappeared from the trail. Cochrane RCMP have released a photo of the missing bike in hopes of finding it and the person who secured the barbed wire to the trees.

Psaroudakis says he's glad he wasn't hurt worse on the ride meant for fun.

"If I wasn't standing, I probably would have gotten it in the mouth," he said. "It probably would have like cut my cheeks right open."

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