Cyclist ?roos? the day
By SALLY GORDON
DI Roberts says it was her helmet that saved her life when an adult kangaroo that was hit by a car catapulted into her lap during a morning bike ride.
The Grafton-based Australian masters cycling medallist suffered a broken wrist, a black eye and severe grazing to her face and shoulders when the flying roo collided with her bike.
Ms Roberts said she was riding along Experimental Farm Road at 6.50am one day last week, when the accident happened.
She said an oncoming car, heading towards Junction Hill, rammed into two kangaroos at full speed, hurtling one into her lap and the other into the bush.
"Because the car wasn't braking, it hit the kangaroo and it cannoned off the car, across the road to me," Ms Roberts said.
"I saw the kangaroo come towards me, it was like a guided missile.
"She was a big one; she had a joey which she threw and another one in her pouch which would have been a couple of inches long.
"It was not a pretty sight."
Ms Roberts is an active member of the Grafton Cycle Club and has been riding competitively for the past three years.
She's picked up an array of medals from State competitions and also runs Grafton's Goodies Bike and Tri Centre.
Nursing a plaster cast from wrist to elbow and a badly bruised eye, the experienced rider said if she had not been wearing her helmet it could have been far more serious.