Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland

Austrian mountain biker killed in Switzerland
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A 57-year-old Austrian was killed in an accident while mountain biking in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The man had the accident while riding in Schlappintal at Klosters, in the canton of Graubünden. He suffered such severe head injuries as a result of a fall that he died at the scene of the accident, according to Swiss police reports.

The biker was with a group of other cyclists on a dirt road heading from Schlappintal down towards Klosters.  On a steep paved stretch near Cünwald he lost control of his bike, and fell heavily onto the road, hitting his head.

Police from Graubünden said the man was wearing a helmet, but were unable to say which part of Austria he came from.

With the growth of mountain biking as a sport in Austria, hospital admissions for bike-related serious injuries have reached a high of 6,500 people per year.

Swiss hospitals have also been kept busy by a series of mountain biking accidents.

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