Birds and Sport

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Subject: Birds and Sport
From: Nick Payne via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 23:23:41 +0000
Magpies and cyclists: the last time the UCI world road cycling
championships were held in Australia (Geelong, September 2010), we went
down to watch the races. The Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert, who won
the world championship a couple of years later, commented: "I was riding
along the coastline on my own when an unidentifiable object brushed past
me. I looked around and saw a large bird flying away. Now I understand
why cyclists here ride around with antennae on their helmets. But I do
not intend to do that."

The world championships next year are being held in Wollongong, at the
same time of year, so international cyclists will again get to enjoy
Australian Magpies.

Nick Payne

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