Bicyclist Melanie Spigelmyre's recent training run was rudely interrupted when a crazed bull charged into the road and knocked the Fresno, CA woman 30 feet away.
"As soon as I came around the corner, he just barrels and t-bones me, sending me about 30 feet down the hill," the competitive cyclist recalled. Photographer Jim Hawe was accompanying the ten-man cycling team, and captured the crash on camera. You can view the original story here.
Thankfully, Spigelman sustained minor injuries, but she has the humiliating memories to last a lifetime. But, what was cattle doing there in the first place?
The bull-against-bike brawl is reminiscent of an incident in October, in which a South African cyclist was struck by a rampaging antelope. Riding a bike in the city seems more fraught with peril, but apparently danger even lurks in the hinterland.
Maybe, the angry bovine was marking his territory, or upset over humans' beef consumption. Anything is possible.
Spigelmyre suffered bruising on her arm, but will still take part in the Race Across America from San Diego to Washington, D.C. What a trouper!