We asked Cycling Weekly readers whether they had ever encountered an unusual creature while on a bike ride. Seems like a lot of you have...
The range of odd creatures that you have collectively seen while out cycling is something to behold. We recently asked you to tell us what strange animal you had crossed paths with on a bike (you, not them) and some of the answers are frankly unbelievable.
Here is a selection of the fantastic fauna that you have seen.
Have you ever seen a strange creature that beats any of this lot? Let us know in the comments section below.
A cyclist that actually waved back.
A wallaby… In Cambridgeshire… Between Oldhurst and Pidley… It was hopping along the grass verge, minding its own business.
A few spring to mind. 1) Someone walking along the main road in Kings Bromley (Staffordshire) dressed in a full suit of armour early on a Saturday morning. 2) Batman and Robin at 07.00 on a Sunday morning deep in the boondocks in central Staffordshire riding on a mobility scooter. 3) A fellow roadie in Handsacre (Staffordshire) who had a blue parrot on his shoulder.
Paced by an ostrich running alongside me one side of a hedgerow in a field whilst I cycled up the road. Took a while to work out what it was.
A Lesser Spotted Audaxer. I immediately recognized him by his magnificent facial plumage and courtship attire of socks and sandals. A splendid example astride an olden frame festooned with all manner of baggage of all shapes and sizes.
Migrating red crabs in Cuba. After a while you give up trying too hard to steer around them, there were just too many. No punctures, surprisingly given the number of claws.
A giant snapping turtle. That’s a 700×40 tire…
Myself, in the reflection of a building.
I nearly ran over an adder at the top of blue bank near Whitby one summer. It was sunning itself in the middle of the road.
Golden eagle in the Highlands in 2005 on a Lands End to John O’Groats jaunt – it was bloody huge!
A leprechaun riding a unicorn.
How about Batman and Spiderman?
A guy in complete BMC kit (socks, shorts, jersey, gloves and helmet), riding a Trek bike.
Whilst descending a mountain pass in Turkey at about 30+ mph there was a large moving rock in the road, until I realised at the last minute it was a tortoise, I avoided it and placed it to safety at the side of the road.
Whilst cycling along the Tarka Cycle Trail there was a walker standing in the middle of the cycle trail looking shocked that anyone would cycle on a Sustrans cycle path.
This weekend I met this chap wandering down the road – I managed to save his bacon!
A pod of dolphins, swimming and feeding just 20 feet off the beach where I was riding a fat bike. They kept the same pace and distance for several miles with me.
A dude with aerobars on his 29-inch mountain bike.
Traffic Jam… County Kerry, Ireland.
The Taliban in the distance after I found an old bike in Afghanistan.