IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, I LEFT MY HOUSE WITH MY PARTNER FOR A COFFEE RIDE TO TEST OUR LEGS AND BIKES AHEAD OF A ROAD RACE THE NEXT MORNING. It was a short cycle from Sea Point, Cape Town, to the top of Suikerbossie (near Hout Bay). This is a very popular cycling route as there is a wide shoulder for most of the way. It also forms part of the biggest timed cycling race in the world: The Cape Town Cycle Tour. So when a bakkie with a trailer knocked me off my bike, flipping me into the road at 7.30 am, sun shining, backlight flickering, colorful cycling top on – I was shocked. And traumatized. Because I did everything I thought was right and safe and still, the driver did not see me.
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