Cyclist warns others after stabbing attempt in Inchanga

2015-12-22 11:59
Jim Martin, a cyclist for the Bring It On Cycling Club, was attacked at knife point during a morning ride in Inchanga on Saturday.

Jim Martin, a cyclist for the Bring It On Cycling Club, was attacked at knife point during a morning ride in Inchanga on Saturday. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Durban cyclist has sent a warning out to all cyclists after he was attacked at knife point while on a morning ride near Drummond on Saturday.

Jim Martin, of the Bring It On Cycling Club, said he was cycling their “usual” route in Inchanga near Drummond when he was attacked by a knife-wielding man.

“There were about six of us cycling but some of my friends were ahead of me and some behind me when I saw the man,” said Martin.

He said the man “looked high on drugs” as he was not walking properly.

“Before I knew it he ran at me and pulled the knife out from behind him. He tried to take a stab at me but I managed to swerve around him and swing my right arm at him,” said Martin.

A passing car stopped to help Martin and tried to catch the knife-wielding man, who ran into the nearby bushes.

Martin said he had been cycling for 15 years and always used the same route as he felt it was the safest route.

“I will not stop riding the route I always use because of this man, but I will be more alert and aware of my surroundings,” he said.

Martin sent out a broadcast Whats­App message to his fellow cyclists alerting them of his attack and warned them to be careful when they ride.

“I think cyclists must cycle closer together and in groups.

“This can happen at any time in any place,” he added.

The Midlands Cycling Club also issued a warning to their cyclists warning them of the incident, saying everyone should travel in groups and within close proximity of one another.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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