Cyclist assaulted in Christchurch
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:01p.m.
By 3 News online staff
A man has allegedly been assaulted by a fellow cyclist on Christchurch’s Port Hills.
Keen mountain-biker Jordan, who goes by the online alias jb_, filmed the incident on a helmet-mounted videocameran and posted the attack on website Reddit.com last night.
He says he was riding the popular Flying Nun trail above Christchurch when he came across a slower rider, and asked the man to move aside.
An extended video of the ride shows the man telling Jordan he was ok to pass, but refusing to make space for him.
“Trail etiquette says you pull over to let faster riders by. I was polite at first, but then got less polite as he refused to stop, but I certainly wasn't asking to be attacked. I never swore or abused him, just basically said he was inconsiderate,” he says.
After confronting him, the man swiftly turned violent, Jordan claims.
“He tried to strangle me with my helmet while he was trying to steal my camera, and when I started yelling for help he put his hand over my nose and mouth. It was like he'd done it before. I was getting pretty fearful for my life by that stage so I did the only thing I could do without letting go of the camera, bit down on his finger,” he says.
Jordan says he has shown police the video and made a statement to them about the incident. He is hopeful the assailant will be identified and brought to justice.
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3/05/2012 9:00:09 p.m.
Chris: Those who ride the trails are not the same skinny tyre riders in lycra hogging the road three a breast. There is no absolutely no relevance here, it's an entirely different sport.
Bill: On a mountain bike track walkers should be prepared to give way. Calling bikers A/H's and suggesting they should get off the tracks is the very narrow minded and opinionated attitude that causes disputes in the first place. Suggesting a track should only be for walking? Just because your name is Bill does not mean you have to be as boring as a rates invoice.
10/04/2012 12:44:42 p.m.
Nigel, you are correct there are times when unfortunately there is no choice but to resort to violence. Everyone will have a different tolerance for this, Mr Yellows is obviously very low - in my opinion too low. There was certainly no bullying, torture, torment or loss of dignity occuring here so I don't really see the relevance of the second half of your statement to this article. I certainly am not suggesting anyone should just put up with bullying - again not really sure how you reached that conclusion from my original statement.
10/04/2012 11:17:57 a.m.
To the guy with the camera (and all his supporters): Now you know how motorists feel when they are held up by gangs of lycra-clad twerps who are riding 3 abreast and blatently refusing to let cars pass!
10/04/2012 10:01:23 a.m.
Realistic at what point do you think it is reasonable to resort to physical violence? I would suggest that you think it is never reasonable, under any circumstances and in so doing condemn thousands to a lifetime of bullying, torture, torment and loss of dignity. If you are happy to suffer at the hands of a bully and your dignity has no value to you, then you bend over and take it, but do not expect the rest of us to join you.
10/04/2012 9:42:58 a.m.
Helmet-cam-man needs to learn to breathe through his nose, particularly when he's all pumped-up with adrenalin from exercise. As for grumpy-cyclist, he's an ass for losing his rag, but the assault was pretty minor, and for that reason I think that they can both learn and move on, without taking up Police time.
I was walking (illegally, due to potential rock-fall) on a couple of the Port Hills tracks this weekend, and over four hours met no-one - fearsome or otherwise.
10/04/2012 7:21:46 a.m.
The track looked quite narrow for passing. If the faster rider thought that the slower rider in front had room to let them through, then the converse is true. In other words, the faster rider should have been able to pass without the slower rider pulling aside. Somehow I think the faster rider was mostly at fault here by baiting and provoking the slower rider. He needs to be more patient and stop behaving as if he owns the ground he rides on.
9/04/2012 10:20:41 p.m.
Regardless of what was said and done the dude in the yellow should never have resorted to physical violence. We can argue all day about who was rude or should have pulled over - the simple fact of the matter is the dude in yellow has assualted the other biker and he needs to answer for what he did. If not, what happens next time Mr Yellow gets angry at someone? What if it was a child or some else unable to defend themself? I certainly hope they find this person.
Not really headline news but it certainly has sparked some debate which is probably the entire point.
9/04/2012 7:59:48 p.m.
What a load of nonsense get a life the pair of u.If the faster rider was any good he should of waited and picked his time to pass not expect people to move for him grow up.
9/04/2012 7:49:32 p.m.
This sort of behaviour is becoming more prevalent as middle aged, "corporate" types discover sports such as mountain biking.These are the same idiots you see riding three abreast and giving real cyclists a bad name. Either leave your arrogant, confrontational personalities in the boardroom or go back to the golf course.
9/04/2012 7:36:20 p.m.
Did the filming cyclist have to add "that was really rude of you?" So he got poked in the chest by the yellow cyclist, did the filming cyclist have to inflame the situation by saying that is was assult?A bit of calming down language could have been used. Just because you're in the right, doesn't mean you're right. What if the person in front was a walker and coming up the hill? Do mountain bikers expect them to jump out the way as they race down the hill? I've had some near misses with bikers and they all can be a/h'sA track should be first and formost for walkers.GEt rid on mountain bikers.
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