Four in hos­pi­tal af­ter cycling crash

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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.”

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED.

The Hawke’s Bay Res­cue He­li­copter was used to trans­fer a cy­clist to HB Hos­pi­tal af­ter a crash in CHB.

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