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Tony Abbott shuts down road rage after woman blasts his cycling bunch

A woman motorist blasting her horn at a group of cyclists near Lake Burley Griffin on Wednesday morning picked the wrong people at the wrong time for a heated outburst of  road rage.

Among the committed cyclists at the receiving end of her long, angry blast was former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had no trouble flagging down a nearby Australian Federal Police car who promptly pulled over the cranky horn-blower.

"We were riding along near the Southern Cross Yacht Club," a cyclist in a smaller group of riders said afterwards. "Then a bigger group of cyclists went past us, having no trouble leaving us behind.

"The woman driving a red Hyundai, she was not a young woman, should have known better. The AFP in a white BMW, suggesting [they were] a security detail, was quickly on the scene.

"She was appalling, she lent on the horn and kept it on while weaving between cyclists and crossing yellow lines. She picked the wrong time, wrong place and definitely the wrong person."

The witness said Mr Abbott was in a disciplined group of cyclists who had not shown any reason for such an outburst.

His last sight of the woman was of her in a car park near the Hyatt Hotel, having a meaningful conversation with a police officer.