Former Coast to Coast champion Steve Gurney in nasty cycle crash
Kiwi multisport legend Steve Gurney has been involved in a nasty cycle crash in Queenstown.
The 53-year-old Gurney, who won the Coast to Coast nine times, rode into a post while out on a cycle trail, breaking five ribs and was lucky it was not worse.
He posted on Facebook from his hospital bed, looking worse for wear.
"I'm gonna start ripping out bollards on cycle trails!!" he wrote. "2nd time in hospital from biking into a bollard/post.
"In the dark it's too hard to see them. They're an unnecessary hazard. Bad design!
"5 broken ribs and very lucky not to puncture my lung. Thank my lucky stars I didn't break my spine! Pull out the posts!!!"
Gurney won the Coast to Cost event nine times, in 1990 and 1991, then from 1997 to 2003.
He also won multiple other multisport titles during his 25-year career, before retiring in 2007 because of an ankle injury.
In 1994 he suffered a severe leptospirosis infection while racing in Borneo. He suffered respiratory and renal failure but fought his way back to win another seven Coast to Coast titles.
These days he does some motivational speaking and speaks about his adventure racing career.
He is from Christchurch, but now lives near Queenstown.