Only in Australia ... but you've probably guessed that already...

"It's definitely the freakiest thing that's ever happened to me on a ride." That's what a cyclist in South Australia told 7 News about the moment a kangaroo leapt over his head - with footage of the incident captured on the rear-facing camera of one of the friends he was riding with.

Peter Roberts posted a video to Facebook of the incident, which happened in the wonderfully named Humbug Scrub north of Adelaide, which forms part of the Para Wirra Conservation Park.

The marsupial gave Michael Bland's cycle helmet just a glancing blow as it jumped over him.

Neither the cyclist nor the kangaroo, which bounded into the bush on the other side of the road, was hurt.

Roberts said: "Today's excitement: Attack of the Roo!!! Note. No animals were harmed in the making of the video. Michael Bland however needs to buy a lotto ticket!"


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.