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Cycling police chief Ken Lay cops abuse from motorist

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

It was a tour de force, with some riders in wheely high places, including Chief Commissioner Ken Lay. But that did not stop a driver hurling some abuse their way about cyclists hogging the road.

Mr Lay, along with other members of Victoria Police, were riding in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge on November 16 when a ute drove past and the driver shouted at them near Kongwak.

A police spokeswoman said the driver stopped and was told to move on by the officers, who were not identified as police but were riding within the group. His registration number was obtained and Wonthaggi police spoke to a 43-year-old local man about his behaviour.

"The man apologised, stating his frustration with cyclists and the impact on road users," the spokeswoman said.

"Police educated the man on his responsibility to share the road with all users. There are no charges pending."

Mr Lay is a keen cyclist who was raised in the nearby town of Korumburra. The ride was a fundraiser for Rotary Youth Driver Awareness, a road safety program targeting the attitude and awareness of young drivers and their passengers.

It is not known if Mr Lay was completing the 40km, 50km, 85km or 121km course, but all routes returned via the "majestic" road between Cape Paterson and Inverloch.

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