A Dublin cyclist has told of his terrifying ordeal after being thrown off his bike and robbed at a popular cycling trail in the mountains.
Ian Baldwin, from Rathmines, was out for a spin last Saturday when a car rammed into his bike from behind just past the Sally Gap in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.
"I had been out for a long Saturday bike ride by myself, not something unusual in good summer weather, and at 7pm I was cycling up the R759 to the Sally Gap," he told the Herald.
"I was 100 yards from the junction when this car ran into me from behind and I hit the floor.
"As I looked up, there were two lads in the car with hoods up threatening me and shouting at me to get away from the bike.
"I was already in the ditch from the impact but backed off from them with no idea what was going on. Before I knew it, they were putting my bike in the back of their car and speeding off."
Data analyst Ian said he was badly shaken as he phoned for help.
"I called my boss, who I go cycling with occasionally, because he knows the area and I just wanted to get out of there as quick as possible, but he was down in Kerry for the weekend and couldn't come and get me," he said.
"So I started walking up the road looking for a vehicle to flag down.
''Thankfully, there was a motorcyclist who'd seen them speeding off with my bike hanging out the back of the car and had already called the gardai for me and waited with me until they arrived."
Ian then reported the incident to the officers. An Garda Siochana confirmed the incident is under investigation.
Ian added that he was in shock after the incident and had suffered minor injuries.
"I was shaken. I didn't process whatwas happening at the time because of the adrenaline and my injuries from the crash," he said.
"But the motorcyclist and a motorist who stopped afterwards were great, they waiting with me until the guards arrived."
Ian added that cyclists should not cycle alone, saying: "It's not realistic for the gardai to be able to patrol the mountains round the clock.
''So I'd just say to solo cyclists to consider sticking to busier roads, where they won't get caught alone, or to join cycling clubs where you've got safety in numbers.''