Cyclist survives big cat attack

Rider uses bike to fend off leopard

by Mark Appleton   February 14, 2011  


Most of us who cycle regularly in the UK are likely to have been chased by a dog or two while out riding but possibly not a leopard, let alone been attacked by one.

Usually a squirt from a bidon is enough to deter an excitable mutt from continuing its pursuit, but that wasn’t really an option for 39-year-old South African cyclist Pieta Ncube when a leopard took an unhealthy interest in him.

Pieta initially used his bike to fend off the beast when it attacked him as he cycled to work through bush land near the town of Brits in the country’s North West province reports the Telegraph.

He trapped the big cat’s front legs in the triangle of the bike's frame but the super-sized feline still managed to get its claws into his head before Pieta retaliated with a metal bar, handily attached to his bike, smashing the creature about the face until it beat a hasty retreat.

After a spot of self-administered first aid, Pieta called for assistance, prompting a  full-scale search for the would be man-eater.

Pieta is recovering from the ordeal that took place last week and will need regular treatment over the next three months to prevent his wounds becoming infected.

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Leopard or LAY-opard? Wink

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posted by Rob Simmonds [257 posts]
14th February 2011 - 16:57


Well i guess it beats the usual irate jack russell on a country road eh?

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
14th February 2011 - 17:30


They'll stoop to anything those Luxemburgers!


posted by solentine [96 posts]
14th February 2011 - 17:37


Andy Schleck may be able to take down a bear with a single punch, but Mr Ncube has a genuine claim to be a true cycling hard man!

posted by step-hent [714 posts]
14th February 2011 - 18:29


And I am getting myself upset about the the hazard of hedge clippings!!!!!!

onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [254 posts]
14th February 2011 - 22:42


Karbon Kev wrote:
Well i guess it beats the usual irate jack russell on a country road eh?

Argh ! Jack Russells ! The nightmare returns. I have matching bites from my racing days - those little blighters always give me a shiver down the spine, although they are perhaps a little less dangerous than the odd Schleck, sorry, Leopard. Wink

Cycling - not just a pastime or sport - free your soul on the open road.

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posted by timbola [227 posts]
15th February 2011 - 12:06


I nearly bisected a Jack Russell in the 2008 L2P with my aero wheels, but this takes some beating. What an excuse to cycle with a heavy weapon though!

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [295 posts]
15th February 2011 - 17:57