Cy­clists at­tacked dur­ing train­ing

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BE­FORE killing cy­clist Stephen Small while he was on a train­ing ride, two men in a ute tried to run down fel­low rider Rod Wil­cox (pic­tured).

The in­ci­dent hap­pened only 30 min­utes be­fore the 42-year-old fa­ther of one was hit and killed by a white ute driven by Nathan Craig MacDon­ald on March 14 last year while rid­ing on Eu­mundi-Noosa Rd.

Mr Wil­cox was headed home to Noosav­ille af­ter a ride to Sun­shine be­fore he was at­tacked by the two men, who dragged him along­side their ve­hi­cle, and soon af­ter at­tempted to run him over.

“They were def­i­nitely out to kill me. There was noth­ing about cy­clists… it was all just abuse about noth­ing. It was al­most like a game for them,” Mr Wil­cox said.

“You couldn’t rea­son with them, they were out to do dam­age that day. I don’t care whether they were on drugs or al­co­hol, they made de­ci­sions that day.”

Still shaken by the in­ci­dent, the mar­ried fa­ther-of-two was rid­ing solo in the bike lane through Noosav­ille when he was ap­proached.

“All of a sud­den I looked to my right and I could feel some­body be­side me. This white ute pulled right up be­side me in the bike lane and grabbed my hand onto the side of the car and I just looked at him in shock,” Mr Wil­cox said.

“He had black sun­glasses on and he just looked at me with an evil smile. I thought I knew him… ‘who would do this’ I was think­ing.

“He started to try and pull me in as I was rid­ing and the driver was try­ing to cor­ner me into a parked car as well.

“They were car­ry­ing on, with all sorts of things, say­ing you are an eff­ing this and an eff­ing that. All sorts of names – over noth­ing – it was just me at five o-clock in the af­ter­noon.”

Af­ter let­ting go, the white ute sped off.

With seem­ingly no one around, Mr Wil­cox gath­ered his thoughts be­fore get­ting back in the sad­dle and try­ing to get home to phone the po­lice.

Head­ing to­ward the yacht club, the Great Wall dual cab was stop­ping and start­ing on the road­side be­fore it went out of sight. As­cend­ing a hill Mr Wil­cox saw the ve­hi­cle again.

“I rode past and slowed down. As I am rid­ing past I slowed and I said ‘I’ve got your num­ber plate and I’m re­port­ing you to the po­lice’,” he said.

“They got out of the car and started giv­ing me the abuse again. One said ‘I want to kill you, you f*ck­ing idiot’. All I re­mem­ber was those words: ‘I’m go­ing to kill you’ from the pas­sen­ger.”

Both re­turned to the ve­hi­cle and then launched an­other at­tack near Ely St.

“The wheels started go­ing and the driver just revved the car and came at me,” Mr Wil­cox said.

“He went at me full-bore. I rode my bike be­hind the power pole and he came within cen­time­tres. I can’t es­ti­mate how many kilo­me­tres an hour he was go­ing, but it was high speed.

“If I hadn’t of had that power pole there I have no doubt I would have been run over.”

The ute drove onto the path, through some front yards and up the street.

Wit­nesses quickly came to Mr Wil­cox’s aid and called the po­lice.

Data from his GPS-en­abled watch and heart rate mon­i­tor tells the story. His heart rate peaked at more than 165 beats per minute while trav­el­ling at zero kilo­me­tres per hour – the high­est point on his en­tire 1 hr 35 min ride.

“As soon as they sped off I yelled these guys are go­ing to kill some­body. They had in­tent on killing me,” he said.

PHOTO: IAIN CURRY

Rod Wil­cox of Noosav­ille was at­tacked by two men when out on his bike.

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