Forest cyclist attacked with knives and machete

Map highllighting affected area

The man was out riding solo just before dusk when the attackers struck. After apprehending him and threatening him with mortal harm the thugs made off with the victim’s mountain bike, his riding shoes, cellphone and other belongings.
Fortunately the attackers did not harm the shaken cyclist but left him bruised in the pocket with the loss of his expensive blue and grey specialized Stumpjumper with 26 inch wheels.The plantations near Growing Parks have developed a notorious reputation for muggings with one regular visitor now vowing to steer away from the area. Dianne who used to regularly ride there took to Facebook recently saying she has abandoned the area given the increase concerns around safety there.
Police spokesman Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed the incident stating that a case of armed robbery had been opened and that police investigations were underway.
The Cascades MTB park released a statement on their Facebook page stating that this was the 4th attack in five years in the forests above Growing Parks and urged cyclists to either refrain from cycling in that area or do so in large groups. (See the inset graphic).

Byrone Athman

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