New Zealand road champion Gordon McCauley has broken his wrist and suffered facial injuries after being hit by a car on New Year's Eve. McCauley, who is one of New Zealand's biggest hopes for a medal in the Commonwealth Games men's road race in March, said that he hopes to recover in time for the Melbourne games.
"I still want to win a medal but the way I train is going to have to change," he was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying. He explained that he was on his way to a New Year's Eve party in Waihi, near Auckland, when he was hit. "I was just by Puhinui Rd when I felt this car come up beside me. It hit me and the next thing I knew I was on the ground, touching my face and wondering what had happened."
The driver didn't stop, and McCauley believed he was hit on purpose. "There was no one else on the road and this car came so close it hit me. I was by myself and I was keeping left. This happens time and time again. It's unbelievable."
McCauley's wrist is in plaster and will take six weeks to heal properly, meaning that he will have to train on a home trainer to keep his fitness. His bike was destroyed and local police are asking for any witnesses to the accident.