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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.

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lookmanohands [119 posts] 3 years ago
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choddo [42 posts] 3 years ago
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He should probably take that down in case it's regarded as unduly influencing a trial. Might be different rules in ZA of course.

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ronin [279 posts] 3 years ago
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Gosh, there sure are some bad places in SA, no sorry I meant bad people. There are a lot of nice places, but the bad people make you want to cross it off the list of places to visit.

And before anyone says they would have put up a fight, in SA they don't mind to just shoot you.

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 3 years ago
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So they took his phone and Oakleys. They don't know the value of Go Pro.....silly people

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bikebot [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

So they took his phone and Oakleys. They don't know the value of Go Pro.....silly people

Or the value of evidence, priceless.

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aslongasicycle [389 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Why didn't he do a Danny McCaskill manoeuvre and knock the guy over with his bike?

Why didn't he throw his water bottle at the guy's gun, causing it to ricochet off a tree, into his own hand?

Its often grimly fascinating the difference between Road.cc's rather gentile threads and the ugly hate of Facebook. There's a whole chunk of particularly unpleasant overt racist comments on there. Its weird that anyone actually says that stuff. For public consumption. Ugghh.

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SimonT1971 [35 posts] 3 years ago
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I actually rode on these trails last April with a saffer buddy. Quite amazing and depressing ! Generally the Cape is very safe in comparison to the North.

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jonesybryan [3 posts] 3 years ago
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Hope they get their comeuppance. ..

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Shades [349 posts] 3 years ago
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I had an offer to spend a week out there at a beach house and, after the regular 'negative' crime articles, made up a convenient excuse and declined the offer........and I spent 13 years living out there! Used to think I was pretty 'streetwise' when it came to SA but reckon I'd be way off the mark now.

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MKultra [393 posts] 3 years ago
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He is very very lucky that they did not twig that the go pro was a camera.

Helmet cams are a double edged sword, people up to no good are not very keen on being filmed and it makes you a target, I am surprised there has not been a cyclist assaulted for his or her helmet cam yet.

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Matt eaton [741 posts] 3 years ago
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I think you will find that the guy with the gun is actually just another well meaning cyclist. Please refer to rules #1, #2, #3 and #18

On a serious note, glad he didn't get shot.