'It's not a prank - it's criminal': Cyclist speaks out
CYCLIST Peter Duncan has spoken out through immense pain about the criminal act that could have killed him or another road user.
Mr Duncan, 56, is in hospital waiting to find out if he needs surgery on a broken collarbone and eight broken ribs he suffered when he fell victim to a brutal trap in Mooloolaba about 5.20am on Sunday.
He had been cycling for about 10km after leaving his Sippy Downs home to meet up with a friend in Mooloolaba.
A hose had been strung between bushes across Goonawarra Drive in the pre-dawn hours.
"I didn't see the hose across the road," Mr Duncan said on Monday from his Sunshine Coast University Hospital bed.
"I've hit it at 30km/h and it just stopped me in my tracks."
He recalled somersaulting in the air before landing on his back "in a hell of a lot of pain".
"The height of the hose was at handlebar height so it hit me in my chest and it just stopped me.
"I was in agony.
"I was screaming out for help and it took a few minutes before someone arrived.
"Before I knew it the ambulance was there within minutes."
Mr Duncan said he had enjoyed cycling for more than 30 years and averaged about 300km a week on his bike.
He said he had been a part of a professional team at one stage.
Sunday's crash was his first.
"I actually do it for relaxation.
"It's just my happy place.
"I just love it."
He said it was sad that someone could do such a malicious act.
"If it had have been a motorbike or a young kid, it could kill someone.
"It's just wrong on all levels.
"It's not a prank - it's criminal."
Mr Duncan said his injuries had serious implications beyond the physical pain.
"Because I'm a self-employed natural therapist, if I don't work I don't get paid.
"Going by what they are saying, if I have to have surgery I am going to be out for.. two (or) it could be three months."
He was a temporarily overcome by emotion when considering that prospect and the support he would need from his wife Tanya.
"I have an amazing wife who will support (me)."
After taking a second to regain his composure, he said would definitely get back on his bike.
"It's just such a freak situation.
"We've got a great bunch of guys.
"I'm not going to rush - it will be a few months away."
The incident prompted him to call on people to show some common sense.
"They don't realise that... they could kill someone... it could be their own child or their own parent if they do something so stupid."
Meanwhile, he said his friends and family were helping him in his recovery.
"I've been overwhelmed by the support I've received.
"I'm blessed to have so many amazing people around.
"I would sincerely love to give each and every one of them a hug but my ribs are too bloody sore."
Mooloolaba Police Beat officer-in-charge Sergeant Steve McDonald said police were investigating a possible link between the hose incident and a real estate sign that had been placed across Pettigrew St.
That incident was reported by a resident at 5.06am on Sunday.
The resident told police they had seen two men wearing dark-coloured clothes with hoodies on.
Sgt McDonald said police were forensically examining items from the scene, including the hose and were door-knocking the route in search of CCTV footage a resident might have captured.
"It seems to have occurred around the time people are going home from our licensed venues," Sgt McDonald said.
He conceded the hose incident was "the next level" in comparison to the sign being left on the street and police were considering serious charges.
"You'd hate to think these buggers were side of the road and watched all of this."
He urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.