September 24, 2022

Cyclists know many enemies: the wind, the slope, the convulsions … In Wollongong, within the World Highway Championships, one other risk hangs over their heads: the flute-bearing Cassian, extra generally often called the Australian Magpie. And when it isn’t the final, it is the seagulls who take part.

The sufferer of a mechanical downside throughout the blended relay, Buki Mollema had one other crash on Wednesday. The Dutchman was injured, and thus upset, by a seagull. Trek Segafredo’s coronary heart was already attacked yesterday in rehearsals by the Cassian flute, the “Australian Magpie”.

And now the seagull!

Between molema and birds, it’s clearly not a romance.

– On the Musette (@DansLaMusette) September 21 2022

This phenomenon is admittedly well-known to Australians who know that in September and October you need to be cautious of the sky. We then enter ‘pounce season’, i.e. cliff-pounce season, when birds, particularly the black currant, a medium-sized chicken with black and white plumage, could be very aggressive in direction of those that strategy. Their nest: Pedestrians, joggers and cyclists particularly, are their most well-liked goal, as a result of the quicker you progress, the extra threatened the birds will really feel and the extra they are going to assault.

On the World Championships, which begins Sunday for per week on the southeast coast of Australia, we’re taking the matter very severely. And the race incident isn’t unattainable, as Swiss sprinter Stefan Kung reported that considered one of his teammates was attacked by a magpie throughout coaching. “When attacking, birds have a tendency to focus on people who find themselves alone and transfer shortly,” stated Paul Barland, a veterinarian at Illwara Animal Hospital. “Sadly, I do not assume cyclists will probably be advised to decelerate their run.” Attraction to onlookers who requested them to stroll slowly into the native radio station Wave FM.

Australia, this glorious nation the place each useless animal needs you. Even magpie.

– On the Musette (@DansLaMusette) September 20 2022

“Sooner or later within the racetrack, there are common accidents. It may be actually stunning once you’re not used to it. I think about the group is conscious of that. However we will not do this anyway,” stated Thomas Walker.

Through the years, native cyclists have been considerably profitable in devising methods to protect in opposition to these assaults, similar to carrying a helmet with studs or reflective mirrors. Stefan Küng commented in an interview on the UCI web site: “Some folks advise us to place some sort of antenna on our helmet to scare the birds away. However it’s not very aerodynamic, so we can’t.”

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