Tasmanian Premier weighs in on mountain bike death, promising all safety standards will be met

May 17, 2018
ABC News

Maydena Bike Park in the Derwent Valley.

The operators of the state’s mountain bike parks are ultimately responsible for safety on their sites, says Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman following the death of a rider after crashing at Maydena.

The athletic and nursing communities have been left reeling in recent days by the death of five-time Cadbury Marathon winner Colin Oliver.

The 49-year-old died in the Royal Hobart Hospital on Tuesday morning, more than two months after crashing at Maydena Bike Park in the Derwent Valley.

Tasmanian Colin Oliver.
Colin Oliver sustained severe head injuries while riding on the track in March.(Supplied: Amanda Noyes)

Mr Oliver never regained consciousness after suffering catastrophic head injuries in the accident and was treated by his own nursing colleagues in the hospital’s neurological ward