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Deaf 70-year-old suffered broken cheekbone after attack

A man has been charged after a 70-year-old cyclist was attacked by another rider in Dundee earlier this month.

The victim, a retired artist who is profoundly deaf, suffered a double fracture of his cheekbone after being attacked on a cycle path by a man who had followed him from the city centre on Monday September 3.

Police Scotland said the attacker "seemed to take umbrage” at the victim outside Nandos on Nethergate. He then followed the older man to the cycle path behind Sensation Science Centre.

The pensioner stopped when he realised the other rider was following him and the man swore at him, attacked him and knocked him off his bike.

The victim made his way home where his wife called an ambulance. He was treated at Ninewells Hospital.

“He’s terribly upset about it,” his wife told the Courier newspaper shortly after the incident. “He’s in an awful state and he’s pretty shocked by what happened. I only knew something was wrong when he collapsed at the front door of the house.”

Police Scotland said a 48-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack and is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court today.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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lolol [203 posts] 3 years ago
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Isnt more a case of a nutter who happens to own a bike, than a "cyclist". The cyclist bit is incidental, if he had a car he would have followed in that.

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cidermart [492 posts] 3 years ago
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lolol wrote:

Isnt more a case of a
nutter who happens to own a bike, than a "cyclist". The cyclist bit is
incidental, if he had a car he would have followed in that.

Agreed it just so happens that the f***wit was on a bicycle. I'm glad they nicked the twat though.

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zanf [869 posts] 3 years ago
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lolol wrote:

Isnt more a case of a nutter who happens to own a bike, than a "cyclist". The cyclist bit is incidental, if he had a car he would have followed in that.

Seriously, fuck off with this childish tribalism.

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Carl [138 posts] 3 years ago
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So a 'cyclist' was attacked by 'a nutter who happens to own a bike'?

Poor guy...hope he gets better soon.

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Colin Peyresourde [1773 posts] 3 years ago
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zanf wrote:
lolol wrote:

Isnt more a case of a nutter who happens to own a bike, than a "cyclist". The cyclist bit is incidental, if he had a car he would have followed in that.

Seriously, fuck off with this childish tribalism.

+1 - it is pathetic. You sound like knobs.

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hood [117 posts] 3 years ago
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am i missing something?
if a person gets on a biek they are cyclist..
if they get in a car they are a motorist...

what is the big deal?

anyway, hope the old dude is ok. any news on WHY he was attacked by another cyclist???!!

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Andrewwd [40 posts] 3 years ago
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I live and cycle in Dundee. My own imagining of this event sees the perpetrator doing that wobbly knees-out type of cycling only possible when grown man is riding a small girl's Argos mountain bike. With the seatpost slammed right down.

Call that person a cyclist if you want, but he's probably not on a bike for any reasons that roadcc readers would identify with.

Feel free to call me out for jumping to conclusions.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 3 years ago
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No it means he was riding a bike, it doesn't mean he was a cyclist.
This is a cyclist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47cGzu6-q40 enjoy  1

Assault is assault regardless of the form of transport. It's only legitimate to call it bike rage if that was the reason for it.

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 3 years ago
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I can't agree Paul, if he's riding a bike to the world and to us he's a cyclist.

Good vid, but wrong title the distinction it is surely trying to make is between people who rides bikes (cyclists), and roadies - a subset of cyclists.

We don't know what type of cyclist the attacker was - could well be the sort Andrewd is imagining, but might not be. We've reported in the past on at least one incident where a cyclist of the lycra-clad variety attacked another cyclist - it's rare enough to be newsworthy.

As for the reason for the attack - the assumed reason mentioned in earlier reports of the incident, but not here because an arrest has now been made, was indeed a cycling one. I'd also point out that bike rage in the title is in quote marks.

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fatty [77 posts] 3 years ago
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Whether I be accused of tribalism or of being a knob, if you can't spot the difference between a 'cyclist' and an 'idiot on a bike' then you are that idiot on a bike...

Anyway, this is a story of assault and has nothing to do with cycling really, that's just incidental. Hope the OAP fella gets back on his bike soon (regardless of whether he's a 'cyclist' or not!)

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PhilRuss [390 posts] 3 years ago
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[[[[ PUB-RAGE? Pavement-rage? Footy-terrace-rage? Carpark-rage? Lido-rage? Army Barracks-rage? No, to describe aggressive driving (leading to fisticuffs?) as "road-rage" shifts the blame (for neanderthal behaviour) onto the car, or the traffic conditions. "X-rage" is nowt but a copout, be it by drivers or by cyclists.
Boxers, and streetfighters, have a motto: "Be first". My philosophy these days---unlike when I was a teenager---is: "Never be first"
ASL-Rage, anyone?
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