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Video: Former Aussie politician takes a spill at charity cycling event launch

It doesn't look like Jeff Kennett has cycled in a while...but it's for a good cause...

Former Australian politician, and media commentator, Jeff Kennett, took a spill on a bike while riding indoors at the launch of a father's day charity cycling event.

Kennett, 67, who was the Premier of Victoria between 1992-1999 and is founding chairman of mental health charity Beyondblue, was filmed wobbling on a road bike on what looks like a polished concrete floor, before his wheels lost traction while cornering, sending him to the ground.

Kennett, who was uninjured in the fall, said to the assembled cameras "don't any of you show that, will you?".

Kennett, who wore a keepsake from his days as Victorian Premiere said: "This helmet was given to me in about '93 when we adopted the slogan Victoria - On the Move."

However, it looks possible Kennett may not have ridden a bike since then, as he wobbled along among kids and other men on bikes.

There was a serious message to the event, however, with Kennett saying "suicide rate among separated men is substantially higher than the suicide rate among men generally".

Beyond Blue works to raise awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide. 

The Jasco Telstra Father’s Day Bike Ride, on September 6, will see fathers and their families cycling around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne to raise money for charities Movember and Auschild.

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Jimbonic | 9 years ago
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Fair play to the fella. If he really hasn't ridden a bike for 20 years, then well done for getting out there and supporting a worthwhile charity.

And, besides, if he hadn't fallen off, we wouldn't have heard a word about it........

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Mr Agreeable | 9 years ago
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COMPULSORY KNEEPADS NOW!

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OldRidgeback | 9 years ago
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So he wears an old helmet that's likely to have minimal protective capability and falls off due to minimal cycling ability but doesn't strike his head against the floor. And yet he is pleased he has been responsible by wearing a helmet that's over 20 years old.

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Al__S replied to OldRidgeback | 9 years ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

And yet he is pleased he has been responsible by wearing a helmet that's over 20 years old.

this makes interesting reading on the subject of helmet ageing

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Evo Lucas | 9 years ago
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That's what happens when you steal a cities F1 Grand Prix, karma works in strange ways.

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djcritchley | 9 years ago
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That's one shiny slippy surface; lucky he had his helmet on otherwise he might have died  3

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felixcat | 9 years ago
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Good job he had the helmet on.

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