A Scottish woman who is riding around the world on her own has been mugged in Brazil.
The 36-year-old, who comes from near Falkirk, posted a video to Facebook in which she related how she was left “full of nervous anxiety and tension” as a result of the mugging.
It took place in Anchieta, which lies around 200 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro and is in the state of Espirito Santo, which has one of the highest crime rates in the country.
Taromsari, who is half-Iranian and represented the country as a track sprinter, has ridden through 16 countries on her round-the-world trip through locations including the Turkish-Syrian border.
According to the Evening Times, she almost died in December 2015 when she was caught in a freak snowstorm in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
She has been travelling for two years and navigates without a map or compass, explaining: “If I start trying to read a map, I get lost. So I ask local people for directions.
“Sometimes I have to avoid people, not because I’m frightened, but they are so desperate to feed me and give me somewhere to rest, that I can’t get on with cycling.”
She had planned to ride 4,500km through Brazil, but said on Facebook that she would retrace her steps after the incident in Anchieta.
“I am going back to the last place I felt safe,” she said. “I’ll hang out there for a few days. Then I’ll go back to the reality of cycling Brazil.”
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.