Cyclists attacked by bees during race

2012-10-15 21:23

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.

  • pete.bower.982 - 2012-10-15 21:34

    As a beekeeper, all involved have my sympathy. The African bee is not to be trifled with.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-15 21:38

    It must have been a frightening experience. I wish them all a speedy and full recovery!

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2012-10-15 21:39

    There are a tremendous amount of apiary sites (man-made bee hives) in our region (Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, De Rust and surrounds), and as a new resident to the area, I am always on the alert that there are not any swarms on the move. Going into our first full summer here, I hope that they keep their distance from us and our pets!

  • sifiso.sienga - 2012-10-15 21:43

    The competition should have been stopped and postponed for another day cause now its unfair for this other athlete who have been stung. Maybe one of them would have won the first price

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-16 08:22

      Why on earth you got thumbs down makes no sense to me, your comment is true, besides after something so tragis they should have called it off out of sympathy for the guys that got hurt.

  • B.b. - 2012-10-15 21:58

    lol oh my God! Hard luck on u guys lmaooo,,,I've been to that situation,,,just imagine being bitten by a bee while driving a car, how much more when u r riding a bicycle? Lol kwaaaaa

      SharonE - 2012-10-15 22:09

      LOL you got the wrong end of the bee!!!

      Khadija Osman - 2012-10-15 22:12

      a bee stings, it doesnt bite

      rude.awakning - 2012-10-15 22:24


  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-10-15 22:03

    You must be a bit stupid to be stung by a bees millions of times.....don't you ever learn? Some of the cyclists are allergic to bee stings, so yes they had to be airlifted to hospital and also the race organizers have an obligation to ensure all reasonable safety measures were followed. It helps to be properly informed and think before you make a stupid comment! When are you due for your next bee sting?

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-15 22:10

      Idiot that is because I used to love honey as a herdboy and spent time harvesting bees.sometimes i would do it for fun.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-15 22:20

    Idiots when say I have been stung a million times I dont mean at a go. And I dont mean literaly million times because you can not calculate stings when you get attacked by bees.seems like im surounded by stupids on this platform.

      SharonE - 2012-10-15 22:26

      @ Mshini, they are just yanking your chain. I read that people who are exposed to beestings over time can become immune to the venom.

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-15 22:30

      Exactly true...your body adapts to the vernom.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-16 00:06

      Oh dear....

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-16 07:12

      DO you mean that B E E has stung you

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-16 08:26

      I want a B.E.E to sting me.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-15 22:45

    next time they must attack ANCYL and iwill lough at that one

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-10-15 23:13

    Oh come on when the sting is left by a bee u have to quikly remove it because it is mobile.We ve been doing it in rurals because we had no helicopters n a clinic is far away,its not a big deal!!!!Air lifted ?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-16 08:28

      @ Khetha honestly dude? Did you just make that comment? When you are being stung by countless bees at what point do you tell them to please hold on just a sec so you can get rid of the stingers?

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-15 23:28

    Note to self. An MTB bike will NOT outrun a swarm of bees. Must turn round and go down the hill.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-16 00:05

    HAhhahahahahahahahahahahaahaaaa.....keep cycling though!

  • Maxodin - 2012-10-16 02:02

    For those if you who are not aware. If you stumble across one bee and get stung then cool you're okay. However when you a close to the hive and get stung it's a whole other story. A bee sting carries a pheromone which alerts other bees in the colony to a potential threat and then the colony attacks. So you're then attacked by a swarm instead of one bee. Just think a thousand needles stuck in you with venom to boot. Ouch and if you are allergic it's possibly anaphylactic shock too.

  • may.bee.988 - 2012-10-16 05:09


  • brian.m.sithole - 2012-10-16 07:38

    That's it! Thaaaats it! I'm like, like packing my bags and I'm moving to Australia right now hey. I just saw the heading and I thought, jisssslaaaikit hey, now they're attacking cyclists. Damned B-E-E's. Did they bump them with their Range Rovers? Thank you cANCer!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-16 08:29

      LMAO brilliant.

  • brian.m.sithole - 2012-10-16 07:39

    That's it! Thaaaats it! I'm like, like packing my bags and I'm moving to Australia right now hey. I just saw the heading and I thought, jisssslaaaikit hey, now they're attacking cyclists. Damned B-E-E's. Did they bump them with their Range Rovers? Thank you cANCer!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-10-16 07:54

    Think Bee!

  • Justin Mettew - 2012-10-16 08:07

    Typical, blaming the ANC for BEE stings!

      koos.vandermerwe.1042 - 2012-10-16 08:47

      Well, back in the 80'ies they promised to make the country ungovernable, most prabably have just finished educating the b.e.e's in disrupting cycle races.....

  • erich.goosen - 2012-10-16 10:11

    Lance Armstrong's methods are much less painless. I suppose the average time over this stage was visibly faster compared to the other stages.

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