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Female Ironman athlete deliberately pushed off bike by laughing car passenger into a ditch, breaking her collarbone

“How could aiming for a young, female cyclist in this manner ever be acceptable to anyone?”

A female cyclist has suffered a broken collarbone, which will require surgery, after she was pushed off her bike and into a ditch by a car passenger who leant out of the vehicle’s window and shoved her while laughing and jeering.

Katie Good, an immigration lawyer who competes in Ironman and Half Ironman events, was training with friends in Kent yesterday morning, when – according to her boyfriend, fellow triathlete Olivier van den Bent-Kelly – at 11.17am a motorist “deliberately drove behind her”.

In an Instagram post, Van den Bent-Kelly said that one of the people in the vehicle then “leant out the window, and pushed her off her bike, before laughing and jeering at her as they drove away.”

The push forced Good over her handlebars and into a ditch, where she was covered in mud. The cyclist also broke her collarbone in the crash, and she will undergo surgery at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

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“To be involved in what is effectively a hit and run incident or assault, and for the culprits to act in such a premeditated, malicious manner is abhorrent,” Van den Bent-Kelly said, in a post which has been shared by Good with the caption “Pretty awful day”.

“I’m furious, upset, and appalled at what happened to her. Cyclists are already vulnerable road users who are frequently unfairly treated by vehicles. To be deliberately targeted in such a way really makes me ask the question: how could aiming for a young, female cyclist in this manner ever be acceptable to anyone?

“The lack of empathy, thought or awareness shown towards Katie and her life really highlights that more drivers need educating on how dangerous their vehicles are.”

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He continued: “Maybe if they knew that Katie is a seriously talented athlete: a county tennis player, county hockey player, U23 5K national champion, multiple 70.3 podium-winner, sub 10hr Ironman finisher (on debut), they’d have realised she’s an incredible human with an incredible story, and thought twice about attacking her in this way.”

Van den Brent-Kelly also said that Good was building towards this year’s Ironman World Championships, which will be held in October in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, but that the injuries she sustained in yesterday’s crash “will impact her build towards that”.

He nevertheless added that, despite the horrifying experience, Good has remained in “amazingly high spirits so far” and that she’s “one tough cookie”.

He also confirmed that the police have been contacted and are currently investigating the attack. road.cc has contacted Kent Police for further information.

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Unfortunately, Good’s traumatic incident isn’t the first time that cyclists have been targeted by car passengers in recent months.

In January, a man was fined £200 by Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for leaning out of an overtaking vehicle and hitting a cyclist with a tub of hair gel, after becoming frustrated that the cyclists were not “moving fast enough”.

Last September, a cyclist in Yorkshire feared that he could have been killed when a passenger in an overtaking car opened one of the vehicle's rear doors, hitting him on the hand.

Fortunately, Trev Walker escaped relatively physically unscathed, suffering swelling and bruising to his right hand, but said it “could easily have ended with serious injury or fatality” after a passenger sat in the rear of a passing car opened the door into him as the vehicle’s driver passed on the B6248 near Wakefield.

And in April 2021, another cyclist, this time from Ireland, said that the occupants of a vehicle “could have killed me” after he was pushed off his bike by one of its passengers – who later posted footage of the shocking incident, which happened on a mountain road near Dublin, afterwards to social media.

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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bobbinogs | 10 months ago
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Unfortunately she's a lawyer and not a copper...so rather than launch a comprehensive investigation with limitless resources, the police will do feck all.

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belugabob | 10 months ago
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He continued: “Maybe if they knew that Katie is a seriously talented athlete: a county tennis player, county hockey player, U23 5K national champion, multiple 70.3 podium-winner, sub 10hr Ironman finisher (on debut), they’d have realised she’s an incredible human with an incredible story, and thought twice about attacking her in this way.”

...or just that she's human...?

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Muddy Ford | 10 months ago
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ffs get cameras on your bike front and rear, they weigh no more than lights and some double up as lights. The cycliq ones have a long battery life, easily lasting most commutes and training rides. I have them, incase i'm knocked off and killed, my wife will know who to send the hitman after that I've paid for in my will  1 

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Awavey replied to Muddy Ford | 10 months ago
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I wont cycle on UK roads without a camera, which frankly is an appalling position to be put in I feel, Ive had people try and grab my handlebars before reaching out of a car, and you always fear something like this happening.

But we should never criticise any rider who doesnt ride with cameras, we should be able to cycle our roads without fear of having to record our last moments so that justice will be done.

I hope Katie heals quickly,recovers and smashes the world championships.

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SimoninSpalding replied to Muddy Ford | 10 months ago
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But a full set of Cycliq cameras (which I have) are well over £400. Not everyone is as fortunate as you and me in being able to afford that.

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mctrials23 | 10 months ago
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Thats where I ride which is somewhat concerning. In general drivers around here are pretty good but you still get all the usual shit passes etc. Have had very little "malicious" driving or abuse directed at me though. 

I'm 6'2" and quite well built for a cyclist though so probably not such an attractive target as a small woman on a bike and lets be honest, people who do this sort of thing are scummy cowards. 

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Owd Big 'Ead | 10 months ago
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Had something similar happen to me while riding out on the edge of the Peak District, near Ashbourne, last weekend. Luckily I managed to keep the bike right side up. They weren't laughing when I caught the imbeciles up a mere 5 minutes down the road at the only traffic lights in town.
To say I lost my shit would be an understatement!

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Cycloid | 10 months ago
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The passenger must be an absolute psycho. The drver must have been complicit and shares the guilt by joint enterprise.

Should all drivers have to pass psychometric testing before getting a licence to kill?

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ErnieC replied to Cycloid | 10 months ago
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Cycloid wrote:

The passenger must be an absolute psycho. The drver must have been complicit and shares the guilt by joint enterprise.

Should all drivers have to pass psychometric testing before getting a licence to kill?

Absolutely Yes!  People should also have to pass psychometric testing before being allowed to breed. 

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Trevor Anderson | 10 months ago
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I have managed to escape from three similar incidents myself, riding in NW Kent.

A rear facing camera is now a necessity for every ride .  Not that I do much road cycling now, it is no longer enjoyable.

 

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ktache | 10 months ago
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Good luck in your recovery Katie.

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