Video: Flying kangaroo almost takes out cyclist

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!"


Simon has been news editor at 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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