“Beauty vs the Beast”

November 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 am by David Farrar

NZPA report:

Kaye Breaks Ankle Ending “Beauty Versus The Beast” Race

Excitement over an upcoming parliamentary cycle race dubbed “beauty versus the beast” has been dashed by National MP , who has crashed and broken an ankle.

As amused as I am by the headline, I have to say I’d never heard anyone refer to the contest in that way previously.

Central Auckland MP Ms Kaye was due to square off against senior Labour MP in the upcoming race around Lake Taupo.

They and other MPs have been in intensive training , but it all ended in tears for Ms Kaye yesterday when she fell on the streets of Auckland.

Ms Kaye said a car had moved close to her, so she had swerved to avoid it but crashed with her foot locked into the pedal.

Her awkward fall resulted in a very painful break in her fibula, near the joint with ankle.

She was expected to be in plaster and on crutches for up to six weeks.

Where’s a dedicated cycleway when you need one!

Some around Parliament joked Mr Mallard had knobbled Ms Kaye as he feared defeat by a younger MP, but Labour MPs insisted he was nowhere near the accident scene.

What I find funny is that Labour MPs actually checked that Trevor wasn’t in Auckland and were briefed to deny it was him :-)

Trevor has been training massively for the race, and is set to knock 20 minutes or more off his 2008 time of 5:35. I hope he keeps the motivation level high as the more time Trevor is on a bike, the less time he spends making trouble in Parliament!

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17 Responses to ““Beauty vs the Beast””

  1. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Hopefully the prick will pedal into the lake and stay there.

    [DPF: None of that. This is a friendly thread]

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  2. Pete George (22,859 comments) says:

    60 Minutes last night had an item on the perils of biking in Auckland:

    Vicious Cycle
    With the popularity of cycling increasing, the war between motorists and cyclists is mounting.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Vicious-Cycle/tabid/755/articleID/127335/cat/966/Default.aspx

    Also from yesterday:

    Otago Peninsula has been named as the top cycling destination in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/dunedin/80370/ratings-make-tails-wag

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  3. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    Shame on you Leonardo. Trev’s cycling feats are greatly admired by many Wainuiomartians. We would all like to see him on his bike. :)

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  4. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    then blog about friendly people!!!

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  5. Le Grande Fromage (145 comments) says:

    I watched the 60 minutes report on cyclists. I must say that I have regularly fantasized about driving at full speed through a peleton of cyclists.

    Add Trev to that peleton and the urge could become irresistible.

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  6. Pete George (22,859 comments) says:

    And more beastliness here.

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  7. Steve (4,499 comments) says:

    I just watched the 60 minutes report. I guess I will have to watch it again. I did not see one cyclist indicate their wish to change lanes or turn. Most did not even look behind first. There is the problem, but I could be wrong

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  8. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    Nikki tried to avoid a confrontation with a vehicle but Trevor kicked the bag in anger….

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  9. burt (7,824 comments) says:

    DPF

    I recently broke my Fibula right down at the ankle, yes it is painful. I walked around on it for about half an hour telling myself that the loud snapping noise I heard wasn’t a bone breaking (just a sprain- yeah right) but eventually gave into the pain and went for an x-ray. 6 weeks in a cast and that has now been off for three weeks now.

    Sadly I don’t have a great story like Nikki to tell about how I broke it – I was pissing about with the kids and went to splash them in a puddle and got it very very wrong. However, I’m back on my bike riding to work and looking forward to kicking Mallard’s ass around Karapoti again next year.

    Johnboy – Mallard is very capable on a bike. I hate his politics and his bully boy antics and his disregard for the law when he can’t be bothered complying with it (and his hypocrisy over school zones etc ) but – he can ride a bike.

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  10. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    “What I find funny is that Labour MPs actually checked that Trevor wasn’t in Auckland and were briefed to deny it was him :-)”

    This leftie despairs of Labour ’09. Not even the sense of humour to let the Mussolini gag stand.

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  11. gravedodger (1,516 comments) says:

    I find the “being nice” to some people just a bit much as the gagging effect on my breathing issues is seriously inconvenient. Why do I think “living by the sword” an appropriate notion here.

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  12. MT_Tinman (2,993 comments) says:

    Christ, just what the country needs.

    Yet another sponge on ACC.

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  13. toby1845 (191 comments) says:

    I’m not so sure about ‘Beauty vs the Beast’.

    How about ‘Crasher vs Basher’?

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  14. Trevor Mallard (245 comments) says:

    It sounds like a really nasty break. Not a good way to win – presuming I get round myself. Nikki let me know on Sunday and I hope she makes a full recovery and makes sure she isn’t left with something that catches up with her when she is a bit older. I was looking forward to the challenge although it would have been pretty hard given her age and recent multisport success. Certainly my hope (dream) of being able to stay with her round Taupo has helped me get out of bed @ 5.30 at least three days a week over recent months. If she does recover well maybe we can talk about another challenge next year.

    And burt thanks for the nicest thing you have ever said about me – but I was at the Tabak book launch tonight and met people who really know how to ride bikes – and just talking to them reminds me I am a very average if keen recreational rider.

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  15. kiki (425 comments) says:

    one billion would have bought lots of dedicated bike lanes but all we got was a crapped out train set.

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  16. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    Le Grande Fromage “I must say that I have regularly fantasized about driving at full speed through a peleton of cyclists.”

    You mean like this guy?

    http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/wp-content/gallery/bikes-and-safety/drunk-driver-kills-cyclist-in-mexico.jpg

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  17. jabba (280 comments) says:

    I saw this before Hagues .. crazy stuff aye?
    welcome back to the limited censorship blog Trevor.
    Tino obviously impressed you which is interesting (in a good way). Shows how tough the cycling world was back then when winning races meant a trophy cabinet full of crystal glasses and plates .. no cash.
    I would love to meet the guy, maybe I will.

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