Cape Town – Thirteen cyclists were stung by a swarm of bees while competing in a race in Oudtshoorn on Monday, a Western Cape health official said.
Emergency services spokeswoman Keri Davids said seven cyclists unknowingly disturbed a hive around 11am, while on an off-road section of the Cape Pioneer cycling race.
Two of the racers were critically injured and airlifted to hospital. Five others were in a serious condition.
Davids said race organisers diverted the remaining racers to another route, but not before a team of six accidentally passed the hive and were attacked. They were also taken to hospital.
Twelve of the injured were locals, and one a Belgian. – Sapa
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