Female cyclist terrorised by car load of young men
A MOOLOOLABA cyclist feared for her life after a car full of young men tried to knock her off her bike during an early morning ride alone.
Lyndal Murphy, 26, was cycling south on Nicklin Way on Sunday when a white sedan with at least four people inside yelled out to her before returning twice to attack her.
Ms Murphy is appealing to witnesses in the hope that police can charge those responsible.
"It was pretty scary," she said.
"They could have quite easily run me over."
Ms Murphy said the car first passed about 6.45am.
The passengers hung out the car windows and yelled out to her.
She ignored them, but they did a U-turn and came back.
This time, they reached out of the car and attempted to hit her.
She pulled off into the shoulder and continued her ride towards Kawana Way, where she knew she could join other cyclists, but not before the car returned a third time.
This time, one of the men hit Ms Murphy in the lower back with a water bottle.
She was not badly injured, but now has a bruise to show from the encounter.
"They nearly knocked me off the bike," she said.
"When you're riding at 30kmh and you're strapped into the bike, if you come off you're going to lose a lot of skin."
Ms Murphy has been cycling for about three months, and always with a friend.
Her Sunday ride was her first time alone.
She said the harrowing experience would not stop her riding, but would stop her riding on weekend mornings alone.
Ms Murphy made a formal complaint to police.
She said she spoke with two officers on Sunday who told her there would not be much they could do because it would be her word against theirs, and that more witnesses needed to come forward.
A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service was unable to find any record of the complaint last night.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.