Video: Cyclist who hit horse undertaking is convicted in court

Posted on: January 27th, 2019

Video cyclists hit horse after overtaking both sides

The cyclists passed the horse from behind on both sides. The cyclist who hit he animal has been before the courts.


A cyclist who hit a horse undertaking the animal during a triathlon has appeared before the courts in the UK.

The incident was recorded by the woman on the horse and went viral when she published the video, below, on social media.

Iain Plumb (32), Crowthorne, Berkshire, was ordered to pay £926, two thirds of which was due to legal costs. He had already been banned from some triathlons.

He was found guilty of riding without due consideration when he appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court.

PC Peter Dorling, of Thames Valley Police, said Plumb’s cycling “fell well below what is expected for a cyclist”. He also told the court the horse was uninjured.

As well as the court sanction the organisers of the Royal Windsor Triathlon, Human Race Events, has decided to ban him from its events.

Some cyclists in the UK have taken to social media to question both sanctions. While many were critical of the overtaking, they suggested it was accidental.

And some have pointed out that drivers who have killed cyclists have at times received no sanction.

A number of those who were critical of the punishment pointed out a motorist recently collided with two horses and the case did not go to court.

That incident was also captured on camera, with the speed and impact on a higher level than the cyclist’s collision with the horse.

While most of the riders at the triathlon passed the horse on the outside, two cyclists squeezed by on the inside. And one of those hit the horse.



The incident occurred at Windsor Triathlon. The woman who was on horseback shared the clip on social media, which has been viewed millions of times.

The woman involved said she had gone to a farm down the road. She had lived in the area all her life and never had a problem with cyclists.

She also said her horse was “bomb-proof”. And she claimed no warning signs had been erected to signal an event was on.

Furthermore, she added at the time that she was wearing hi-vis and her horse was wearing a hi-vis rug and breast plate.

“The cyclist smashes along the side of my horse, taking my stirrup in the handlebars and bruising up my ankle,” she wrote when sharing the clip.

“My horse rears and bolts forward, taking off one of his back shoes. No one stopped to see if I or the horse was OK after this hit.

“I’m still in shock and feeling very sore along one side of my ankle.”