Went through this two weeks ago in a little veldt about a km from my home. Been cycling there for 40 years, got jumped now. The guy hid in some short trees just off an intersection. I came by at speed, and could not do anything. By the time he was visible he grabbed my handlebars. The minute I fell, he started hitting me with a 1.2m stick and was quickly joined by two friends who proceeded to trow big rocks. I managed to kick ones wind out of him and peppersprayed the other with the stick, but let me tell you, in that instant you forget almost any training, you just react. Also, be warned, Pepperspray isn't worth much when there is more than one. It is pretty much just good for blinding a person for a short time to give you time to get away. With multiple guys, you probably will hit one, and the others will stand a bit out of the way till you run out, which I also found happened pretty quickly. Only got two good squirts out of it. So was left standing there with an empty canister, still surrounded by three guys. The peppersprayed dude ended up pulling out a knife, so then I gave in and let them have my phone. At least they just wanted to get away with something at that point and be done, so left my bike and kit. I actually wrote a blog post on what I would recommend you do in such a situation from what I learned from this incident. Go check it out here if you are interested. I truly hope that the info in it helps even just one of you guys, because the worst part of this is not your physical stuff the guys steal, they steal your peace. I am now so paranoid, I hardly enjoy cycling now at all because I keep looking over my shoulder.