Triathlete injured in hit-and-run
A MAROOCHYDORE triathlete is counting his lucky stars after he was hit by a car on a 100kmh road on Saturday afternoon.
National cross triathlon champion Brodie Gardner said he was “collected” from behind by the car on Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough, about 3pm while he was riding his bike on the shoulder.
The driver failed to stop, but a good Samaritan followed the car to get the rego while others slowed traffic and tended to Brodie before paramedics arrived.
He was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Police confirmed the incident but are yet to speak to the driver of the 2011 grey Toyota Corolla or lay charges.
“I’m pretty lucky. I just got a bit of skin off on my hip, shoulder and elbow,” Brodie said.
“My initial thought was I’d been hit deliberately. I literally wasn’t on the road.”
Luckily, it appears the car clipped his handlebars and missed Brodie. The Maroochydore triathlete said he’d been in accidents involving cars before, but never like this.
“I’ve been hit by at least one other car that I can recall. This one was a little different,” Brodie said.
“The other times I’ve been involved with cars, you can see it happening.
“The guy driving directly behind the woman, he was beeping his horn to warn me. He reckons she was all over the road.
“I get get beeped at every day and I find you are better off holding your line. I just block it out. “Out there is notorious for it.” As the cycling adage goes, “a metre matters”, Brodie, who’s concerned about the frequency of accidents between bikes and cars.
“There’s too many cyclists being hit,” he said.
“At the end of day, it’s someone’s life.”
The incident cut Brodie’s long ride short, but he’s hopeful it won’t have a detrimental effect on his racing calendar. He’s hoping to race the Tre-X cross triathlon at Mt Cotton on October 28 followed by the Bendigo event on November 26.
Champion triathlete Brodie Gardner was hit by a car on Steve Irwin Way on Saturday.