Thursday, May 08, 2008
Furious driver takes out 50-strong cycle pack
A group of about 50 top Austrialian cyclists were involved in a hit and run, road-rage incident this morning.
The group made up of professional riders, Olympic hopefuls, and top amateurs on a training ride in Sydney, Australia, at 6:30 am. A driver, agitated with being held up, accelerated in front of the pack and then slammed on his brakes, giving the riders no time to stop.
The group piled into the back of the vehicle and each other, bikes were smashed and there were injuries, by a miracle no one was killed. The resulting smash forced a semi-trailer to lock up, jackknife behind the cyclists while cars had to swerve to avoid the fallen riders.
The group included Australian racer Kate Nichols, Kate's father Kevin Nichols, former Olympian Ben Kersten, (Top right, inset.) Graeme Brown, Michelle Ferris and Matthew White.
Thankfully no one had to die in this one, although it is serious enough. I only hope this story of a group of high profile cyclists, will make the mainstream media world wide.
Drivers need to realize that being held up is part of driving today, it happens all the time, not just from cyclists but also on freeways, everywhere. Taking revenge on a vulnerable group of cyclists is both criminal and cowardly.
The driver would not have slammed on his brakes in front of another car and risked more serious damage to his own vehicle.
You can read the full story in The Sydney Morning Herald. My thanks to Luke Burton for sending me the link.
Posted by Dave Moulton at 5/08/2008 07:43:00 AM