Six riders injured in Spanish vulture crash

Big bird puts one of group in hospital

by John Stevenson   September 5, 2013  

A vulture waits for a group of cyclists (CC licensed by Adrian Korte www.artikelwissen.info)

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If you think bird strikes are only a problem for planes, spare a thought for six Spanish cyclists who were injured when a vulture flew into their riding group, putting one of them in hospital.

The riders from the Club Ciclista Mirandés were off the front of a ride in Spain’s Burgos province when they rounded a corner and encountered the bird.

“The vulture was flying very low along the center of the road, and was coming straight at those at the head of the group.”

“Some of the group smacked into the wings, others against the bird’s body and other into the cyclists behind them,” one of the riders, Javier Sagarribay, told El Correo.

The bird was “trying to take flight and we couldn’t see it because the curve was so tight,” said Sagarribay.

“We weren’t going that fast, but there was no time to hit the brakes,” he added.

When other riders arrived they found riders and feathers everywhere.

“There were even feathers embedded in the bicycles and scattered on the floor,” a spokesperson for the group said.

They called the emergency services and attempted to locate the vulture, but it had fled the scene and was not seen again.

Most of the group had minor injuries, but one rider, Mario Sánchez, sustained seven broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and collar bone and a punctured lung. He was rushed to hospital in Miranda de Ebro but is reported to be out of danger.

Close encounters and collisions between wildlife and cyclists are not unusual in some parts of the world. In North America alarming encounters with bears happen now and then and if you're going to venture into the woods you need to look out for deer. Or a buck.

 

Thanks to Adrian Korte www.artikelwissen.info for the vulture pic.

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If it was in Toledo?
It would have been The Eagle of Toledo
Rolling On The Floor

posted by Tonnio [35 posts]
5th September 2013 - 13:27

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Aren't vultures meant to come along and eat the victims?

Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity for it to bvgger off after setting up a meal.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [190 posts]
5th September 2013 - 13:46

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Edgeley wrote:
Aren't vultures meant to come along and eat the victims?

Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity for it to bvgger off after setting up a meal.

Remember they are cyclists. Not exactly a lot of meat on those bones!

posted by jarredscycling [456 posts]
5th September 2013 - 14:49

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In Spanish aren't vultures called quebrantahuesos? Which translates as bone-breakers...

posted by thebongolian [43 posts]
5th September 2013 - 18:58

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Just the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, which feeds on marrow by dropping bones onto rocks. Vultures generally are 'buitres'. The pictured vulture, and more likely candidate, is a Eurasian Griffon.

posted by Malaconotus [48 posts]
5th September 2013 - 19:38

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It's one of the joys (and occasionally one of the hazards) of cycling that one's more likely than a motorist to encounter wildlife.
It's not as exciting as a vulture but I did recently, unexpectedly, encounter and photograph a couple of deer while out for a ride in a part of New Jersey only just across the Hudson River from The Bronx: http://invisiblevisibleman.blogspot.com/2013/07/cute-deer-nature-and-fra... And, on my just-completed cycling holiday with my family in Cape Cod, I one day came across an osprey on the Cape Cod Rail Trail: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightfamilyarchives/9557610769/in/set-7215... Another day, I encountered these members of a flock of wild turkeys on a cycle path in a town called Dennis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightfamilyarchives/9626953524/in/set-7215...
A car eventually scared the deer away. A motorist would never have seen the other two.

posted by InvisibleVisibleMan [20 posts]
5th September 2013 - 20:24

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Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
5th September 2013 - 21:17

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Ladies and gentlemen, I declare this one the winner!

Gerard the Kiwi

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posted by GerardR [86 posts]
6th September 2013 - 7:04

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

Applause

posted by step-hent [701 posts]
6th September 2013 - 10:32

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“We weren’t going that fast, but there was no time to hit the brakes,” he added.

Yes. That excuse works well for drivers hitting cyclists too.

If you didn't have time to 'hit the brakes', then you were going too fast. Had it flown into your path on a straight section of road, sure. But they were hooning around a corner.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [615 posts]
6th September 2013 - 10:46

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

Laughing

I wish we had a Comment Of The day Award so I could give you it!

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posted by John Stevenson [1221 posts]
6th September 2013 - 10:52

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Ouch !! That must have been soar Surprise

posted by barkingfishes [18 posts]
6th September 2013 - 11:55

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Lets hope vultures don't go in for revenge . . . .

Sudor

posted by Sudor [183 posts]
6th September 2013 - 12:45

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Buitres? Buitres, ghastly!

Rich

posted by griggers [14 posts]
7th September 2013 - 5:13

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Even worse at 250 kph - the famous "buzzard bar" Mercedes

http://www.sportscardigest.com/carrera-panamericana-winner-mercedes-benz...

Ride your own ride

posted by CanAmSteve [165 posts]
8th September 2013 - 20:29

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"They called the emergency services and attempted to locate the vulture, but it had fled the scene and was not seen again."

Another irresposible road user eh? Obviously concerned about loosing his no-claims.

posted by Matt eaton [467 posts]
10th September 2013 - 9:21

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