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Stag takes out competitor cycling during Dublin City Triathlon

Photographer captures moment animal crashes into rider - who went on to complete the race

A man competing in yesterday's Dublin City Triathlon in the Irish capital's Phoenix Park was left with a headache - and a sore shoulder - after a stag crashed into him during the bike leg of the event.

The dramatic incident was captured by photographer Erik Scaggs, whose picture accompanies this BBC report.

"As I was standing waiting for a group of cyclists to approach, I heard a rustling behind me and I turned to see a couple of stags ruining parallel to the road," he said.

"I had a feeling they might make their way across the cyclists' path, so I tracked them though my lens.

"I never envisaged that they would actually try and leap over the cyclists. It all happened so fast, It was a really heavy crash.

"It was a relief to see the competitor get back to his feet and continue."

Some 500 deer live in the park, and triathlete Shane O'Reilly from Blackrock - who landed head-first, but went on to finish the event in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes - said: "The helmet definitely saved me.

"Apart from that, my shoulder was a bit sore and I had a headache," he added.

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If you're wondering about the picture we've used, that's from the Bicycle Taxidermy collection of artist and RCA graduate Regan Appleton, which we featured on road.cc back in 2012.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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