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Dramatic helmet camera footage from South Africa's Western Cape province...

A cyclist in South Africa has been robbed of his bike at gunpoint - and filmed the incident on his helmet camera, posting the dramatic footage to YouTube.

The theft took place in Somerset West in Western Cape Province and the film was uploaded to YouTube by the rider under the user name Lucky Jakkals.

In the description to the video, he says: "MTB ride on Saturday 31st May 2014 from Ongegund, last few km's before end of session. Armed gunman and 2 others stopped myself and took cellphone, car keys, oakleys and bike."

The man toting the gun looks straight at the camera at one point, but Lucky Jakkals adds: "Fortunately they did not have a clue what a GOPRO was and this is the evidence that will assist in their prosecution!"

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.