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

Human stupidity has no limit. The deliberate and gratuitous endangerment of which a young amateur cyclist was the victim on Tuesday, September 13, sadly illustrates the quote.

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

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

Ascent of the Col de Leschaux, 4:25 p.m. Mathis Decroux, 25, is doing 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 arriving behind him.

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

“I’m a dancer, I ride at about twenty kilometers per hour, it’s not a very steep section. Accustomed to being overtaken, the cyclist sees this time the car approaching him closely, very closely. “I said to myself another idiot who brushes, I could have put my hand on the bonnet. And then I felt hands on my shoulder. He pushed me, I was unbalanced, I couldn’t do anything, ”says Mathis who is sent into the background. The unthinkable has just happened.

“I tried to counterbalance myself on my bike but I couldn’t do anything. Mathis fell heavily onto 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 go under the car. »

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

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

Shocked, the independent professional photographer shared his misadventure and his wounds (five days of ITT prescribed) with his 12,300 subscribers on Instagram. A beautiful sounding board to castigate the gesture of unconsciousness of which he was the target but not enough to raise awareness among cyclists.

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


Despite his misadventure and his injuries, the Haut-Savoyard amateur triathlete Mathis Decroux was in the Vaucluse, Sunday September 18, to line up for the Ventouxman (2 km swim, 90 km by bike with 2400 meters of elevation gain and 20 km of 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 misadventure and his injuries, the Haut-Savoyard amateur triathlete Mathis Decroux was in the Vaucluse, Sunday September 18, to line up for the Ventouxman (2 km swim, 90 km by bike with 2400 meters of elevation gain and 20 km of 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 each car that overtook me, I thought back to the fall, ready to hold the plate, ”confesses the one who overcame his injuries to take up a big challenge in his sights. “I was not going to reduce all the efforts of a big preparation to nothing, it would have been too much of a waste, all for puppets”, explains Mathis Decroux, finisher this Sunday, September 18 of Ventouxman in the Vaucluse. An L format triathlon, with 2 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling (2,400 meters D+) and 20 km of trail running (450 meters D+).