Road runner! Ostrich tries to speed past cyclists
Road runner! Ostrich tries to speed past cyclists after joining them on their peloton in South Africa
- Ostrich speeds past a group of bikers at Cape Point Nature Park in South Africa
- The bird runs alongside the cyclists and tries to pass the strongest rider at front
- Some cyclists begin to take out their cameras as the creature darts past them
This is the comical moment an ostrich speeds past a group of cyclists taking part in a peloton in South Africa.
Footage shows the flightless bird run alongside the cyclists during their bike race at the Cape Point Nature Park in Cape Town and try to pass the strongest rider who has taken the lead.
With the ostrich showing no signs of stopping, the cyclists are left staring at the creature in disbelief.
The ostrich speeds past a group of bikers taking part in a peloton at the Cape Point Nature Park in Cape Town, South Africa
The flightless bird shows no signs of stopping as it runs alongside the cyclists on the scenic road
During the clip, the large bird darts along the road and passes a number of cyclists along the way.
As the creature continues along the scenic route one cyclist shouts: ‘That’s good, that’s good!’
Within seconds, the ostrich draws closer to the cyclist at the front and a member of the group warns: ‘Ben, it’s coming for you!’
Daniel Sass, who captured the video, told GS Features: ‘As we rolled through the hills and took in all the beauty we noticed a strange bird running with the peloton.
‘I then realised that an ostrich was chasing down our strongest rider, Ben. Nobody can catch Ben. But, wow have you seen the quads on that ostrich!’
‘I manoeuvred my way past other riders and captured this Ben-Ostrich Showdown. As I tracked the blazing bird with my phone with one hand on the handlebars I was in absolute awe of its awkward running style.
The bird tries top chase the strongest rider leading the group as the other cyclists watch in aw
The creature, which belongs to a group of birds called ratites, draws closer to the cyclist at the front
‘The Ostrich then crossed the road recklessly right in front of me and in my mind the angry bird was about to deliver a knockout strike right off my bike – this is where the filming gets sketchy.’
Mr Sass explained that the bird later retreated from the race as Ben increased his speed.
Ostriches belong to a group of birds called ratites and are often found roaming the African savanna and desert lands in small herds.
Though the birds cannot fly, they are strong runners and can sprint up to 43 miles an hour.
The creatures feature a long, curving, predominantly white neck and typically eat plants, roots, and seeds.
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