A road safety website has issued a warning to South African cyclists after a white mountain biker was attacked by two blacks armed with knives. The mountain biker, Filip Rafalski, said he “was glad to be alive” after the knife attack. He needed 18 stitches to his face. The incident occurred in Blue Hills next to the R562 in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
According to roadsafety.co.za:
We often share information on Mountain Bike safety. Sadly mountain bikers do not only have to deal with the riding conditions but also with criminals seizing every opportunity to rob and attack riders! A friend of the Arrive Alive website, Filip Rafalski, fell victim to such an attack and we would like to share his story:
To all Mtb & Road cyclists – PLEASE WATCH YOUR BACK ALL THE TIME and be careful when you ride
This morning 01.01.2015 at around 8am VILLAGE RD.,BLUE HILLS ( next to R562) I was attacked by TWO BLACK GUYS.
They stole my bike – SPECIALIZED EPIC COMP 29″,Garmin GPS EDGE810 and all sensors that came with Garmin
Both of them had big knives.
One punched me on my face and started walking away with my bike.
Second guy wanted to take my cellphone that was in my back pocked. Told him that I will give it to him. Wouldn’t listen. wanted me to lie on my stomach. He said he will take my cellphone himself out of my pocket and than HE WILL KILL ME.
Thanks to three Black ladies that live on the plot on Village Rd. I am still ALIVE
They made so much noise,screaming so loud that my attackers didn’t hurt me more. I needed 18 stitches to my face
Also big thanks to Andrew and his wife from the plot on Village Rd.
Those guys HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIFE! Crazy!!!
What is happening to our beautiful South Africa?
Ride safe guys out there!!
I am so grateful to be Alive