Cape Epic: Rider crashes with duiker, breaks shoulder

2013-03-20 00:00

CITRUSDAL — A German rider broke his shoulder in a collision with a duiker during yesterday’s first stage of the Cape Epic cross-country marathon.

In a scene reminiscent of the buck-versus-cyclist incident in the Albert Falls reserve in 2011, Robert Mennen came off worst when the small buck ran across his path and he was unable to swerve.

The Albert Falls reserve incident created a frenzy on YouTube, with the rider, Evan van der Spuy, being dubbed “Buck Norris”.

Mennen’s Austrian team-mate, Alban Lakata, said he didn’t see the crash because he was in front, but when he turned back, the buck was still standing there — and it seemed “okay”.

Mennen’s shoulder was broken, as were the handlebars of his bicycle. Even if his injuries had not been so serious, he would not have been able to continue the race.

“He had a lot of scrapes. I was relieved to see him stand up … I expected the worst,” said Lakata.

The duiker is already a big hit on YouTube.

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