Cy­clist ‘punched’ by Hedges Ave run­ner

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND amanda.robbemond@news.com.au

A GOLD Coast cy­clist has cap­tured a run­ner lung­ing at him on a morn­ing ride in what he de­scribed as a vi­o­lent at­tack, where he was al­legedly “charged at” and “punched”.

Nick Hor­to­vanyi took to the ‘Gold Coast Cy­cling Com­bined’ Face­book page to warn oth­ers about the man’s be­hav­iour.

“To­day I had this guy charge me and punch me quite hard when I was cy­cling along Hedges Av this morn­ing,” he said. “It’s not the first time”.

Po­lice con­firmed the al­leged as­sault oc­curred about 6am near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hedges Ave and Arthur St.

A spokesman said of­fi­cers re­ceived re­ports a male jog­ger ran at a cy­clist and punched him in the left arm, be­fore run­ning off.

Mr Hor­to­vanyi recorded the in­ci­dent on his GoPro as he cy­cled along the road.

“(The man) will run to­wards you, so you have to stop the bike, then he punches you in the guts,” his friend Matt Sully said.

“He’s no shrink­ing vi­o­let, I wouldn’t want to be punched by him.”

Mr Sully said he had been told that last week the man had al­legedly ripped a cy­clist off his bike, which led to a punch up.

Sev­eral cy­clists com­ment­ing on the on­line cy­cling fo­rum posted about hav­ing sim­i­lar en­coun­ters with the mys­tery run­ner.

Mr Hor­to­vanyi de­clined to speak about the in­ci­dent, telling the Bul­letin he wanted it to be han­dled by the proper au­thor­i­ties.

It comes just two weeks af­ter footage of a mo­torist beep­ing and yelling at cy­clists rid­ing three-deep across the same Broad­beach street emerged.

HE’S NO SHRINK­ING VI­O­LET, I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE PUNCHED BY HIM.

MATT SULLY

Hedges Ave is a pop­u­lar area for run­ners, walk­ers, cy­clists and mo­torists look­ing to “rat-run” around the Gold Coast Hwy.

The speed limit was low­ered to 30km/h in 2015, and po­lice reg­u­larly pa­trol the area.

Po­lice are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or Po­licelink on 131 444.

An im­age, recorded on a GoPro, of a man al­legedly lung­ing at a cy­clist on Hedges Ave yes­ter­day.

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