Cyclists: Mountain bikers are tempting targets, and attacks are not new

2009-04-17 00:00

Sean Badenhorst, former editor of the world’s largest cycling magazine Bicycling and now editor of specialist mountain biking publication Tread magazine, told Weekend Witness attacks on mountain bikers are “nothing new”.

“Attacks on cyclists are one of the main reasons why so many bike parks are being built. In Durban there is a big bike park just outside Pinetown called Giba Gorge where people can ride in safety behind fences and with decent security,” said Badenhorst.

“Mountain bikers are often targeted as they generally carry hydration packs, which have pouches in which they carry wallets, cash and sometimes cellular phones. The attackers generally plan their ambushes very well, attacking cyclists near main roads and then riding off on their bicycles against the flow of traffic, making it hard for a police car to follow them,” he said.

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