I received word of this violent encounter between a pair of drunks in a car and a group of cyclists somewhere in the vicinity of Oroville, California. The “two girls” in this narrative are in the riding group. The assailants are apparently in their 20s; the cyclist giving the narrative, Chuck, was participating in the Davis 600 brevet. Chuck is 60-ish years old and rode about 100 miles into the foothills of the Sierra Mountains before he was attacked.
As I passed the lookout, a guy in a car screamed at me saying he hated cyclists and this was his road. I ignore and keep riding. I know that there were two girls coming up behind me, I then heard him state that he had a 22 pistol and was going to shoot the next rider.
As the two girls came by one was on the phone to 911 telling them what was happening. Just then the car came flying by me and up the road and pulled up next to the front group of riders. I assumed it was the loud individual. The car then pulled out and did a u turn back towards me and then did another u turn and waited for me.
As I rode by there was a man and woman in the car screaming at me stating that one of the girl riders pulled a gun on him and his wife and he was going to kill somebody. I politely told him and his wife to **** themselves and started to ride off. He then stated that if I rode on he would run me over.
Rather than confront his car from behind I told him to get out. He did and came over and struck me in the head. He was about 26 years old and 5ft 9in. I decided that it did not need to go any farther so I took him down hard. I held him on the ground and told him stop. He did not stop but continued to try to hit me.
This is where it gets dicey: his wife jumps behind the wheel of the car and spins it around to run me over, only I am on top and dive out of the way and she runs over her husband. He jumps up and attacks me again like nothing happened. When he came after me I slammed him back down on the street. His wife again tries to run me over only once again running over her husband this time he was totally rolled up under the car so far I could not see him. I could hear him moaning and crying for help. She backed off of him dragging him into the street.
He then popped up and came at me again. What ever he was on made him impervious to pain, I then pinned him to the side of his car. His wife then came out the window trying to hit me. I dropped him and grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out the window. He once again came at me and I kick him in the groin, at which time he just stopped and asked me to apologize for kicking him there and of course I did. He was running out of gas and so was I, I did not wish to cause any permanent damage but I but did what was needed to stop him.
It was at this time that his wife drove up the embankment and drove over my bike and then drove off leaving him there.
At this time another rider came up and I asked him to call 911. The kid then directed all his attention to him and I just set there until the police came.
When the ambulance came he refused treatment and denied ever getting run over and that I had caused all the damage to him.
I did not press assault charges against him; he was already in a world of hurt. He was arrested for DUI and she was arrested also for DUI and assault with a deadly weapon.
I got a bump on my head from where he hit my helmet and crushed it into my head.
I look back and think of what might of happened, if he had not come across me but went ahead and run over the other riders, he is in jail for only a DUI and he was the only one hurt except for my bike.
Postscript from the rider: “The worst part is I now have to go out and do another 600k because this gave me a DNF.”