Cape Town, South Africa is the home to the world’s largest timed cycle race called “The Cape Town Cycle Tour”. Around 35,000 cyclists participate in this race.
A couple of years ago, Oleksiy Mishchenko and some friends, all cyclists, thought it would be a good idea to go for a pre-race workout ride, to the Cape of Good Hope. The chosen track was ocean side roads which are super clean and a little deserted too which is a great appreciation factor for the cyclists. So all these went out for some workout before the race. However, while riding their cycles, Mishchenko spotted something weird from the corner of his eye. A pair of Ostriches were walking on the side of the road, wandering as they do, when all of a sudden they heard a screeching noise.
One of the Ostrich from the pair decided to chase the cyclists. It continued to chase them down on the long winding roads and never had any problems keeping up with the speeding cyclists. The bikers tried hard to outrun the big bird, but their efforts were matched equally by the Ostrich all the way. Luckily, few mins later, the bird decided, that it was enough and then parted ways. Initially, everyone thought it was scary, but then they saw the funny side of the incident and couldn’t control their laughter.
In the words of Oleksiy, “the beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends. It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell off my bike from laughter. The ostrich didn’t have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently, they do 70km/h with no sweat. Luckily the creature decided to leave us alone, as we were running out of the road. The Cape of Good hope is a dead end. My guess is that he wanted to show off in front of his girlfriend, I bet she was very impressed!”
It sure is funny now. But, no one wants to be in such a tricky situation with the massive bird, ever again. As for me, I can use a little motivation like that to cycle faster. ROFLOL!
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