a cyclist sent in the background by the passenger of a car in Leschaux

Human stupidity knows no bounds. The deliberate and unmotivated danger to which a young amateur cyclist fell victim on Tuesday 13 September unfortunately illustrates the quote.

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Amateur cyclist Mathis Decroux arrived at the sign indicating the last eight kilometers of the Col de Leschaux when he was pushed by the front passenger of a car that arrived at his height. The young photographer from Annecy could not avoid the fall and badly scratched the left side of the road. Photo DL/MD

Ascent of the Col de Leschaux at 16.25. Mathis Decroux, 25, does his day’s session by bike. The amateur triathlete has just passed the sign indicating the summit at eight kilometers when he hears a car coming up behind him.

I felt hands on my shoulder, I couldn’t do anything

“I’m a dancer, I ride about twenty kilometers an hour, it’s not a very steep part. Accustomed to being overtaken, the cyclist this time sees the car approaching him close, very close. “I told myself another idiot brushing, I could have put my hand on the hood. And then I felt hands on my shoulder. He pushed me, I was off balance, I couldn’t do anything,” says Mathis, who is sent in the background The unthinkable has just happened.

“I tried to balance myself on my bike, but I couldn’t do anything. Mathis fell heavily on the roadway and its gravel shoulder, scratching his left side deeply in several places. “When I got up, I hallucinated what had just happened to me. I could have had a hand under the car. »

On the run a small light gray car with a rounded shape

It all happened in a handful of seconds. Mathis did not have time to see the occupants, but he described a small light gray car with a rounded body. “I instinctively looked at my front wheel and tried to recover. After my fall, my first instinct was to try to see the license plate,” explains Mathis, who the next day filed a complaint with the Saint-Jorioz gendarmerie brigade. An investigation has been opened.

Shocked, the freelance professional photographer shared her mishap and wounds (five days of ITT prescribed) with her 12,300 followers on Instagram. A beautiful sounding board to reject the unconscious gesture of which he was the target, but not enough to raise awareness among cyclists.

“I am really angry about this kind of pathetic behavior. I was targeted in a situation where I was very vulnerable. The consequences could have been much heavier. Unconscious gesture, human stupidity or stupid bet, no reason is valid, it is unjustified violence,” says Mathis, who got back in the saddle the next day to overcome the trauma and climb the Col de Leschaux.

Despite his accident and his injuries, the Haut-Savoyard amateur triathlete Mathis Decroux was in Vaucluse on Sunday 18 September to line up for the Ventouxman (2 km swim, 90 km bike with 2400 meters of elevation gain and 20 km trail with 450 meters D).  His determination as a competitor exceeded the stupidity of the act of which he was the victim.  Photo Le DL/Rémi CADET

Despite his accident and his injuries, the Haut-Savoyard amateur triathlete Mathis Decroux was in Vaucluse on Sunday 18 September to line up for the Ventouxman (2 km swim, 90 km bike with 2400 meters of elevation gain and 20 km trail with 450 meters D). His determination as a competitor exceeded the stupidity of the act of which he was the victim. Photo Le DL/Rémi CADET

“Psychologically, I had to fight against a feeling of insecurity that I had never had, it was not easy. With every car that overtook me, I thought back to the fall, ready to hold the plate,” admits the one who overcame his injuries to take on a big challenge in the spotlight. “I did not intend to reduce all the efforts of a great preparation to nothing, it would have been too much waste, too many puppets”, explains Mathis Decroux, finishing on Sunday 18 September in Ventouxman in Vaucluse. An L-format triathlon, with 2 km swimming, 90 km cycling (2,400 meters D+) and 20 km trail running (450 meters D+).

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