The Flying Danger of Wollongong: The Australian Magpie

Last Thursday, Remco Evenepoel became acquainted with the black-backed whistling bird, or the Australian magpie. Evenepoel was attacked during training, something that happens more often to cyclists down-under and which often causes accidents.

“I zen attacked by a bird”

They had warned him about it, but it was still a shock for Remco Evenepoel when he was attacked on his training ride last week. “I was attacked by a bird“, he told our man on the spot with a laugh.

“I just hope it’s just this one time, but I’m afraid of it. That bird kept flying over my head the whole time. It was scary, but that’s Australia, right? They warned me about that.”

The culprit for these attacks is the black-backed whistling bird, or Australian magpie. This dominant bird defends its breeding area fanatically against intruders.

It was scary, but that’s Australia, isn’t it?

Remco Evenepoel

In Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea, warnings are issued not to approach the breeding grounds of these birds. Yet attacks by this bird are common among cycling tourists and accidents often happen because of this.

The regional government therefore advises cyclists to dismount and continue on foot if they are attacked. Or decorate their helmet with shiny things.

So pay attention in the following days at the World Cycling Championships, because the breeding season is in full swing. The danger may well come out of the blue.

Check out Evenepoel’s quote about the attack here:

Watch an attack by the Australian magpie here

Source: Sporza

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