A 14-year-old boy has reached out to thank emergency service crews who helped airlift him to hospital after a serious crash in Yarloop last month. The incident happened at the State Downhill Series mountain bike event which was held at the Kau family’s farm. The young rider, who wished to not be named, was competing in challenging conditions over rocky terrain when he came off his bike. The St John Ambulance team was on standby, however the RAC rescue helicopter was called to take the boy to Royal Perth Hospital. Initially described as being in a serious condition, the 14-year-old was lucky to escape with just a broken collarbone. Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club president Dave Baker said downhill was the “Formula 1” of mountain biking and had its risks. “The young fella, his father and the club would like to thank the St John Ambulance and chopper team for the way in which the incident was handled,” Mr Baker said. There were riders aged from eight to 50 in the event, including Harvey rider Michael Robinson. The fastest time was Gus Kyme who finished the under 17s course in 1.51.272. Ricky ‘the Sheriff’ Wollington won the masters ¾ race and Harry Pearce won the elite men’s contest. The next round is in Albany, followed by the State Championships in October.