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Bush takes spill on birthday bike ride

Published: 8:41AM Thursday July 07, 2005 Source: Reuters

US President George W Bush grazed his hands when he collided with a police officer on Wednesday while cycling through the grounds of Gleneagles, the Scottish luxury hotel where world leaders are meeting.
Bush, celebrating his 59th birthday, went for a ride shortly after arriving for the summit of the Group of Eight major powers, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
The collision with the policeman - ironically on security duty - occurred about a hour into his ride, with Bush going at a "pretty good speed", according to McClellan.
Bush slid along the road, suffering scrapes on his hands and arms that were bandaged by the White House doctor.
His bicycle was damaged and he had to return from the ride in a van, but his plans to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth were not affected.
The officer was taken to hospital as a precaution. McClellan said Bush planned to call him later to see how he was doing.