- Jan 29, 2003
Isn't this a tragedy. All we want to do is to get on a bike and enjoy...as if we do not have enough to worry about on the road, like dangerous.....dear I say it....drivers.....
Cyclist attacked on training route
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 15:04
Cyclists have been warned to exercise caution on one of Johannesburg's best-known training routes after an attack on a cyclist at the weekend.
Vic Windsor, who has been training on the “Paper Mill Route” (R550 Grasmere road) for almost 25 years, narrowly escaped with his life after being held at gunpoint on Sunday. “I set out as usual on my route passing the Lido Hotel and turning left on to the R550.
“I was approximately 6km from the turning point when a youngster stepped out from behind a bluegum tree and proceeded to **** a 9mm pistol while standing in the road,” said Windsor. “He demanded that I get off my bike and give him money and my cell phone, while threatening to shoot me all the time.
“He took my cell phone but I had no money on me as I never cycle with money. He then let me get on my bike to ride away. I consider myself very lucky,” he said.
“I don't normally ride alone, but on that morning I was. I think we need to inform cyclists about what’s happening on a very popular cycle route.
“Perhaps we can get some sort of petition going to send to government to make them aware of what is happening to sports people in this area.”