Sunday 23 June 2019

Take care when cycling on your Brompton in Richmond Park!

I have taken my Brompton for a few circuits of Richmond Park more times than I can remember over the years. On almost every occasion I have spotted the deer that live there. I have always tried to repress shouting out 'Fenton!' at the top of my vocie when I have seen some Red Deer there - look up 'Fenton Richmond Park' and you'll understand why. It does seem that I will have to keep an every watchful eye out from now on!

Last month, a former Olympic triathlete shattered his pelvis after a deer collided with him as he cycled down Broomfield Hill. Poor Stuart Hayes flew off his bicycle after the collision, smashing his hip, having to undergo surgery.

I will him well, hope that he makes a speedy recovery and is back on his bike again in the near future. I hope that my future encounters with deer at Richmond Park continue to be what they always have been - deer not too far away, walking slowly across the road and providing plenty of notice!


  1. eeww. look after them brakes. have while brommie-biking had to put them on for birds, rabbits, wild boar and moose. no hit yet the better. a few days ago i was 5 meters from a stray reindeer, but then i was sitting in my car.

    and be careful while approaching horses, especially from behind. they may panic out of nothing.

    but humans and dogs are the ones you really have to watch out for the most. both seem to have inherent trouble looking after themselves:)


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