WATCH: Cyclist t-boned by a sheep on Mallorca descent

The cycling in Mallorca is regarded as some of the finest in the world, but even the most idyllic havens for riding can yield unexpected dangers.  

Nick Halifax was descending from Lluc towards Pollenca in April when a pair of sheep bounded into the road directly in front of him. With less than a split second to react and a car coming in the opposite direction, he was given no way out.

The resulting collision wrote off his Trek bike and resulted in a broken collarbone and three broken ribs for Nick. 

Nick, from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, said: "The sheep just came out of nowhere, I had no chance. I don't remember anything after that until I woke up in the hospital."

"If it wasn't for my Bontrager Mips helmet I don't think I would be here. It took the full impact of the fall and split in two. I reckon it saved my life."

Nick was riding as part of a Ciclos Uno cycling holiday and said his fellow cyclists notified emergency services to the accident. He was rushed by ambulance to the General Hospital in Palma, Mallorca. 

Nick added: "Never in a million years did I think this would happen to me, I'm now having recurring nightmares about killer sheep."

The sheep survived the collision unharmed.