Triath­lete in­jured in hit-and-run

Multisport Mecca - - News - Chloe Lyons and Grant Ed­wards

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.

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