Queenstown-bound cyclists struck by motorbike


A German cycling to Queenstown had his teeth knocked out when he was hit by a motorbike on the Crown Range Road.  

He was one of four people injured when the bike slid on a bend about 6km south of Cardrona, on Saturday afternoon.

Two cyclists, both men in their 50s, suffered lacerations, with one losing some teeth and one breaking his hand.

The motorcycle rider broke his wrist and his female pillion passenger hurt an elbow.

They were all taken to Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital.

The cyclists were part of a German group of more than a dozen touring the South Island, and were heading for Arrowtown.

The motorcyclists were part of a Dunedin group heading for Wanaka, and ultimately Haast.

Wanaka’s constable Aubury Martin says police will be looking at whether speed was a factor.

He could not comment on whether charges would be laid.

Cyclist Gunter Barke, from Hanover, told the Otago Daily Times the two injured cyclists were about 20m behind him when the motorbike came around the corner.

“From this direction there came some bikers with high speed,” he says.

“And the first of them, I didn’t see it, I only heard the crash. He couldn’t hold his line and came to this side and he crashed [into] my friends.”

Barke says one cyclist had a broken hand and the other a deep cut to a leg.

It is understood one cyclist also lost some teeth in the crash.

‘‘It’s not so great. Last year I had two accidents, both with motorbikes,” Barke says.

A member of the motorcycle tour group, Jelte Buddingh, of Port Chalmers, says all he saw was the back end of a bike in front of him ‘‘slide out” and the rider lose control.

The crash happened next to a 55kmh road sign.

Traffic was backed up several kilometres in each direction while emergency services attended to the injured.


– Otago Daily Times