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Incident happened on Camano Island in Washington State

Here on road.cc, we’ve reported on videos showing cyclists being dive-bombed by magpies in Australia, attacked by a swarm of bees in Spain, and numerous encounters with kangaroos, some scary, others spooky

Here’s a new one though – a cyclist who was swooped upon by a bald eagle while riding on Camano Island in Washington State in the north western US.

The cyclist who captured the footage on his Cycliq Fly6 camera said: "I hear my wife cry out behind me, then see a large dark bird flying off the left. Reviewing the Fly6 video when we returned home, we realised she had been dive-bombed by a juvenile bald eagle, talons extended across the top of her helmet.”

He added: “It is especially impressive when the video is paused when the bird is over her head!"

It is indeed an impressive sight ... but not particularly one you would want to encounter when out on a ride.

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.