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Cyclist's near-miss after riding into power lines

A Geelong cyclist suffered an electric shock on Sunday after riding his bike into a fallen power line in Great Otway National Park.

Fortunately, passers-by came to his aid and alerted emergency services. He was flown to The Alfred hospital by air ambulance in a critical but stable condition.

Sergeant Kevin Warburton of Anglesea police said the 39-year-old man was found at 8.40am by a group of mountain-bike riders.

"He was lying adjacent to a mountain bike track about 600 metres north of Eummeralla Scout Camp in Anglesea," said Sergeant Warburton. "Overnight a power pole caught fire and caused a power line to drop to one metre off the ground. At some stage he's been riding his bike and made contact with the wire."

A spokesman for The Alfred hospital said the man remained in a critical but stable condition.