With riders posing for endless photographs with kangaroos and koalas before the Tour Down Under you’d be forgiven for thinking Australia’s marsupials are a cyclist’s best friend.
But former Australian cricketer Bronwyn Calver won’t be out to pet a kangaroo any time soon after one of the jumpy blighters knocked her off her bike in Canberra on Monday.
The video above shows Calver, 45, merrily going along her way on Adelaide Avenue when the animal hopped over the barrier and into her front wheel.
As if oblivious to the carnage, the kangaroo simply hops away, leaving Calver, who played three Tests and 34 one-day internationals for Australia’s women’s team, sprawled on the tarmac.
Several cars stop to aid the former cricketer back to her feet, after which she required just eight stitches.
Calver reports under her video that the kangaroo, however, was not so lucky: “I escaped relatively unscathed with no broken bones but a severely grazed and bruised elbow, grazed hip and eight stitches in my knee.
“While the roo did hop away, it jumped over the railing on Adelaide Ave down to State Circle where it was subsequently hit by a car and killed.”
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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