Cyclist killed while training
By ANDREW MOLLOY
A PROFESSIONAL cyclist believed to be in his 40s was killed yesterday evening when he was knocked from his bicycle while on a training run near the intersection of Gillies and Muir Rds, Miners Rest.
It is believed the man was riding towards Ballarat about 6.15pm when his bicycle was struck from behind by a Falcon station wagon.
A Rural Ambulance Service spokeswoman said last night the ambulance was called at 6.23pm and that the man was dead by the time paramedics reached him.
The driver is believed to have stopped to offer assistance.
The car and the driver were transported to the Ballarat police station.
The man was wearing long bicycle pants, and bicycle shoes.
It is believed he suffered massive head injuries.
The government undertaker was called and the man's body was transported to the Ballarat morgue at the Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital.
The man's name was not available late last night as relatives were still being notified. But a police spokesman said the man was in his 40s.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact Snr Const Trevor Williams from the Ballarat Traffic Management Unit on 5336 1306.