Cyclists attacked by bees during race

2012-10-15 21:23
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Cape Town - Thirteen cyclists were stung by a swarm of bees while competing in a race in Oudtshoorn on Monday, a health official said.

Emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said seven cyclists unknowingly disturbed a hive around 11:00, while on an off-road section of the Cape Pioneer cycling race.

Two of the racers were critically injured and airlifted to hospital.

Five others were in a serious condition.

Davids said race organisers diverted the remaining racers to another route, but not before a team of six accidentally passed the hive and were attacked.

They were also taken to hospital.

Twelve of the injured were locals, and one a Belgian.

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