Four in hospital after cycling crash
Cycling CHB’s president John Mudgeway says a finish-line crash that hospitalised four of its members last Tuesday was the worst in the club’s history.
John said the incident occurred just before 7pm, on Maharakeke Rd, Hatuma near Waipukurau, on a regular club racing day.
“One of the groups was coming in and one rider clipped a wheel of another rider bringing down cyclists as they all sprinted to the finish line.
“We rarely get accidents. It was the worst in the club’s 30-year history,” John said.
The experienced riders were travelling at speeds between 50 to 60km/h when they fell to the road, he said.
Three of the riders were transported to Hawke’s Bay
Hospital by ambulance while a fourth in a serious condition, a man in his 50s, was transferred by the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter.
Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust general manager Ian Wilmot said the man’s injuries were “severe,” with multiple fractures, but not life-threatening.
Mudgeway said the club’s riders used the road regularly and had never had a problem on it before.
“This accident was very unfortunate. On behalf of the club we wish riders a fast recovery.”
The Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter was used to transfer a cyclist to HB Hospital after a crash in CHB.