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Even pro's fight with motorists..........(12 posts)

Even pro's fight with motorists..........african
Jan 7, 2003 5:09 PM
South African pro Robert Hunter was involved in a skirmish with a motorist on Monday while out on a training ride with some friends. A motorist reportedly tried to run the group after the road, and after an ensuing argument, the motorist allegedly attacked Hunter. Hunter punched him, breaking a bone in his right hand.

A charge of attempted assault has been laid against Hunter, who was allegedly threatened with a gear lock. He, in turn, has also laid charges against the motorist. According to Hunter's manager, Tony Harding, the cyclist acted in self defence and was shaken up. "It again highlights how dangerous it is for him and all cyclists to apply their trade on South African roads," Harding said.

"We have appointed a top notch lawyer to defend him. Robert feels the case, if it ever goes to court, will provide the public with an insight into the plight of South African cyclists who very often have to deal with harsh conditions on the road," Harding continued.

Evidently the broken hand Hunter suffered won't hamper his training leading into his 2003 season, his first with Rabobank after riding for Mapei. "He underwent surgery on the evening of the incident and was already back on his bike this morning. He will be fully recovered within six weeks and it won't affect his racing program," said Harding.
re: Even pro's fight with motorists..........mickey-mac
Jan 7, 2003 5:39 PM
Based on what I hear about South Africa these days, I'd feel lucky to escape a roadside skirmish with just a broken bone in my hand. However, it is perversely reassuring to see that motorists' hatred of cyclists is an international phenomenon. In all seriousness, it's an unfortunate incident and I hope things turn out the best for Hunter.
re: Even pro's fight with motorists..........serbski
Jan 7, 2003 6:07 PM
Considering what some American NBA and NFL guys get up to in their spare time I find this skirmish pretty minor. I'll lay odds that the motorist deserved a good pop anyhow!
Fight with motorists?Breakfast
Jan 7, 2003 9:11 PM
If you're a cyclist and you feel like hitting a motorist remember that hands have small bones in them and that heads contain a rather large hard skull.

Like a collision between a car and a bike, the collision of hand vs. head favors the bigger boned skull. Therefore, use the soft heel of the hand to deliver a strike against the skull. It's soft against hard or hard against soft when delivering blows.

Good luck out there on the mean streets!
Hmmmm, another use for my pump perhaps...? nmMXL02
Jan 8, 2003 3:13 AM
re: Even pro's fight with motorists..........lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Jan 8, 2003 6:58 AM
Seriously, it's hard to think when you're mad enough to punch someone, but try not to do it. I broke my hand in a skirmish and lost the better part of a summer. No golf, no weight training, no baseball, and no mtbing. I was able to road ride but the cast was quite cumbersome and that hand has never quite been the same since.
I've been riding with a broken hand for 5 weeks nowTig
Jan 8, 2003 10:36 AM
The bone is broken at a 45 degree angle. The first 2 weeks were difficult, but I managed to ride 130-170 miles per week. I feel almost no pain now.

I opted against surgery since a cast would prevent me from getting a job, which I desperately need ASAP. No one hires you if you can't function 100% in a cast and you aren't handicapped permanently.
What is this "gear lock".....KEN2
Jan 8, 2003 8:54 AM
that he was threatened with?
What is this "gear lock".....flying
Jan 8, 2003 10:01 AM
It is when the car driver cuts your derailleur cable.
Effectively locking your gear on the smallest cog/hardest gear. Not bad if you live on the flats but hellish in the hills ;-)
a gear lock is.......african
Jan 8, 2003 1:27 PM
a device that you use to lock a manual transmission (stick shift). Similar to a steering wheel lock. This prevents some thief from driving your car as it is locked in a gear and he can't change gears. Made of a very strong metal that you can't cut through to easily.
presumed guilty?cyclopathic
Jan 8, 2003 11:19 AM
don't you guys have that bogus british thing where in court you're guilty by default and need to prove innocence?
Don't you guys know to throw a punch?waynebo
Jan 9, 2003 2:05 PM
Unfortunately, a pro bike rider lacks some skills when it comes to delivering a nice blow to the noggin. 1) no upper body strength and 2) poor punching technique. Most people break their hand because they punch incorrectly. Typically, the area affected is just superior to the knuckles of the third and fourth metacarpal area of the hand. To strike correctly, one must focus the strike with the knuckles of the first and second metacarpals. This ensures your fist is better aligned with the forearm. Also, a straight punch to the solar plexus is much more devastating than smacking someone in the head. Focus your punch like you want to punch through your target. It helps if you lower your stance and drive with the hips rather than trying a roundhouse wild punch. Follow up with a elbow strike to the jaw, again lowering your stance and driving with the hips. If the subject is still standing you can try a side kick to the knee, a knee to the groin, etc. Of course this is probably overkill and it is best to avoid physical contact altogether and just ignore the ignorant drivers out there. Be careful out there :-)