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Former Olympian furious at charge laid against driver after bike crash

Published October 24, 2012

A former Olympian says he’s furious that a driver accused of forcing him off the road while he was cycling is not facing more serious charges.

Robin Clegg suffered several broken bones and other injuries while on a training ride a few weeks ago west of Calgary.

Clegg says the charge — failing to return to a lane safely after passing — sets a bad precedent for cyclist safety.

He also says he’s disappointed about what it says about drivers and cyclists sharing the road.

Clegg says the collision on Sept. 30 stemmed from road rage.

He alleges a driver raced up behind himself and two friends and began honking the horn, then started to pass them but slowed and suddenly made a sharp turn.

The RCMP says everyone involved has been investigated and interviewed.

A 21-year-old man has been charged and will appear in court in Cochrane at the end of November.

“At this point in time we have to go with what we believe we can prove in court and that’s the appropriate charge at this point in time,” says RCMP Cpl. Gary Fedrau.

Clegg says the charge is nothing but a slap on the wrist, given that the maximum penalty if the man is convicted is a $115 fine.

Clegg, who lives in Canmore, Alta., is a three-time Olympian who helped Canada finish 10th in the relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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