WATCH: Cyclist Martin Thurlby amazed to escape with minor injuries after kangaroo crash
A local cyclist says he's lucky to have escaped with only minor injuries after a kangaroo cannoned into him while he was travelling at 65km/h on his bicyle in the Perth hills.
Martin Thurlby was riding in a small group along Kalamunda's Zig Zag Trail, a popular training route for cyclists, when the kangaroo jumped suddenly from the bush alongside the road.
Thurlby hit the roo and went flying from his bike onto the road, while a friend following closely behind then crashed into him on the road and flew over the handlebars.
Despite a fellow cyclist further behind saying she was expecting to have to call an ambulance, Thurlby emerged only with nasty-looking road rash on both elbows, forarms, shins and knees.
Thurlby's friend Bruce, a local doctor, wasn't as lucky, fracturing two bones in his wrist.
Both riders broke their helmets, while Thurlby's seat was also broken in the fall.
"To be able to walk away from a crash of that magnitude with no broken bones myself was pretty lucky," Thurlby said.
"I saw the roo out of the corner of my eye, and one of my friends captured it on video.
"It happened on a Saturday and all day Sunday I was reviewing the video frame by frame. I had one second from seeing the roo to impact."
Thurlby, who rides "about 380km a week", said he was forced off his bike to recover from his injuries for four days. Bruce was back on his bike after a three-week lay-off.
"They got worse before they got better," Thurlby said of his injuries.
"You hear about kangaroos on the road a bit in cycling communities but you never expect it."
Thurlby said it was the first time he had seen a kangaroo on his bike, but since the incident "six to eight weeks ago" he had come across a few more.
"I think the roos are looking out for me now thinking, 'Hang on, where is he?' Thurlby joked.
The incident follows a similar one in Pickering Brook recently, when Neale Williams was hit by a kangaroo while cycling and escaped with a few scratches and bruises.