Australia Woman charged over death of professional cyclist Jason Lowndes in Bendigo

08:59  09 july  2018
08:59  09 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Lowndes to retire at the end of the 2018 Supercars season

  Lowndes to retire at the end of the 2018 Supercars season Craig Lowndes has confirmed he'll retire as a full-time Supercars driver at the end of the 2018 season. The veteran superstar will call time on a career that spans more than two decades and yielded three Australian Touring Car Championship titles, six Bathurst 1000 crowns, and 106 ATCC/Supercars race wins.Lowndes, who is contracted to Triple Eight until the end of the 2019 season, will carry on with the team as an endurance driver.He will also be part of the Supercars TV broadcast team.

Jason Lowndes (14 December 1994 – 22 December 2017) was an Australian cyclist , who rode professionally for the Garneau–Québecor, Drapac Professional Cycling and Israel Cycling Academy teams. He died after being hit from behind by a car while cycling near Bendigo , Australia.

“We are deeply grieved by the tragic death of our dear friend, rider, and teammate, Jason Lowndes . “ Jason , who just celebrated his 23rd birthday eight days ago, was hit by a car while training today on his bike near his home town in Bendigo , Victoria.

Jason Lowndes was killed a in a road accident near Bendigo in December 2017. © Provided by ABC News Jason Lowndes was killed a in a road accident near Bendigo in December 2017.

A Victorian woman has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and using a phone while driving over the death of professional cyclist Jason Lowndes.

The 23-year-old was hit from behind by a passing car while on a training ride at Mandurang, near Bendigo in central Victoria, in December last year.

Billie Rodda, 20 from Kangaroo Flat, was charged today and released on bail.

She will return to court in Bendigo on August 22.

Lowndes had competed internationally since 2015 and had signed with UK-based team JTL Condor for the 2018 season.

He had previously raced with Israel Cycling Academy.

His death again raised the issue of legalising minimum overtaking distances between cyclists and cars in Victoria.

In March 2017, the Andrews Government rejected a recommendation to introduce a mandatory one-and-a-half metre gap for vehicles when passing cyclists.

Most other states have introduced, or are trialling, minimum passing distance laws.

Lowndes denies suggestions he was pushed into retirement .
Six-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes has hit out at speculation he was forced into early retirement by Triple Eight Racing.The six-time Bathurst 1000 winner shocked fans with the announcement prior to the recent Townsville race that 2018 will be his last season as a full-time driver in the championship, although he will continue as a co-driver for the endurance races beyond this season.

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