It's the first time in four years that a rider in the Gran Fondo Badlands bike tour of Drumheller wound up in the hospital.
 
An unnamed Calgary man was seriously injured on Saturday when he lost control of his bicycle on a steep hill.
 
"Going down the hill into the (Bleriot) ferry, he did lose control of his bike (and) he's in the Foothills Hospital recovering," reported organizer Rick Skeith.
 
"He has some broken bones and a concussion, but seems to be doing better," he added. "I talked to his wife yesterday."
 
It's the first serious injury in the history of the race and Skeith admits it put a damper on things for people who were witness to it.
 
"We've had a few little slips and falls and what not, but this is the first serious ambulance required type accident," he stated.
 
Despite the setback, Skeith said he's received all sorts of compliments from participants and next year's event is already booked for June 23, 2018.

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