VIDEO: Cyclist assaulted in Christchurch
Monday 9 Apr 2012 12:05 p.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.