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In the News: Mountain biker sues race organizer after fallen tree causes crash

After breaking her spine in a mountain bike race crash in May, an Oregon woman files a $273,000 lawsuit against race promoters

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The Oregonian reports that a Portland woman, who was riding her mountain bike on a Hood River, Oregon race course when she struck a fallen tree and broke her spine in four places, filed a $273,000 lawsuit against the race organizers this week.

Lisa Belair had signed up for the Dog River Super D mountain bike race on May 3 in Hood River, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

The race was organized by Fat Tire Farm in Northwest Portland and Hurricane Racing in Government Camp, according to the suit.

Trail crews had failed to remove one tree because it was too large — and they instead covered it partially with dirt, according to the suit. That created a large jump that wasn’t readily identifiable as Belair rode down the hill and onto it, said her Bend attorney, Tim Williams.

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