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Worlds bronze medallist Lauren Dolan claims to be victim of 'punishment braking'

Joe Robinson
1 Oct 2019

Rider involved in collision with car just 48 hours after World Championships heroics

World Championships bronze medalist Lauren Dolan has blamed a driver for 'punishment braking' in a collision that landed her in hospital just 48 hours after racing in Yorkshire.

The 20-year-old was back riding in Devon two days after her Mixed Relay Team Time Trial exploits in Yorkshire when she was involved in a crash that saw her suffer a broken collarbone and substantial soft tissue damage.

Dolan was part of the six-rider Great Britain team to take third in the inaugural Mixed Relay Team Time Trial at the World Championships in Harrogate on Sunday 22nd September.

Posting on Instagram almost a week after the incident took place, Dolan claimed that the driver had used 'punishment braking' - a method of slamming on the brakes just in front of a cyclist - in what she described as a 'horrible act with malicious intent to harm a cyclist.'

Dolan also elaborated on the incident, describing what happened just before the crash.

'Nearing the end of the ride, we encountered a frustrated driver, beeping on his horn behind us whilst riding single file. The man wasn’t able to pass immediately due to oncoming traffic on the other side of the road,' wrote Dolan.

'To seemingly display his frustration/anger for the hold-up, he passed us with inches to spare. ⁣As soon as the driver was directly in front of us at 45kmh on a descent and with feet to spare the driver slammed his brakes on.'



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A lot can change in 48 hours. Sunday 22nd, the best feeling I%u2019ve had so far in my cycling career; 48 hours later, I%u2019m lying in hospital, feeling completely devastated.%u2063 %u2063 After returning back home to Devon, I was back training on home roads with my father on Tuesday. Nearing the end of the ride, we encountered a frustrated driver, beeping on his horn behind us whilst riding single file. The man wasn%u2019t able to pass immediately due to oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. %u2063 %u2063 To seemingly display his frustration / anger for the hold up, he passed us with inches to spare. %u2063 %u2063 As soon as the driver was directly in front of us at 45kph on a descent and with feet to spare the driver slammed his breaks on. I%u2019ve learnt since that the police have a phrase for it - %u201Cpunishment braking%u201D%u2063 %u2063 Having nowhere to go I tried to squeeze down the outside of the car between a traffic island and the car with my front wheel centimeters from the car. Needless to say my back wheel just clipped the island throwing me over the top of the bike. The car sped off. %u2063 %u2063%u2063 I have had surgery on my left shoulder. I have a broken collar bone and %u201Csubstantial%u201D soft tissue damage. I%u2019ve had a successful op courtesy of the amazing Mike Walters and his team at the arm clinic in Wilmslow.%u2063 %u2063 This was a horrible act with malicious intent to harm a cyclist. The driver has been found but has denied his actions. Without camera footage or independent witnesses it%u2019s going to be difficult to bring charges to the individual.%u2063 %u2063 This type of behaviour is becoming all to familiar on our roads. It has become a culture that needs addressing and time for change is long overdue. %u2063 %u2063 I%u2019ll be back into winter training soon, I am really looking forward to it, I have a great team around me and big plans for 2020. It%u2019s going to be a great year! %uD83D%uDE0A%u2063 #sharetheroad %u2063 Once again a massive thank you goes out @britishcycling and the Arm clinic Wilmslow for putting me back together again! %u2063#sharetheroad %u2063 %uD83D%uDCF8: @frankmurphyphotography %u2063 #sharetheroad

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Dolan then explained that she narrowly managed to avoid the rear of the car but did clip a traffic island that threw the rider over her handlebars. She has since had surgery on her damaged shoulder and plans to train again soon.

Devon Police have also found the driver involved in the incident, however he has denied any wrongdoing.

There is an ongoing appeal for witnesses although, without any video footage of the incident, it is unlikely any charges will be made, something Dolan is worried is becoming commonplace for cyclists.

'This type of behaviour is becoming all too familiar on our roads. It has become a culture that needs addressing and time for change is long overdue.'