Monday, October 10, 2011

Mountain Biker vs. African Antelope

So you think you've had some rough days on the mountain biking trails? Check out the video below in which rider Evan van der Spuy of South Africa literally gets bowled over by a red hartbeest, a type of antelope, that according to the Adventure Journal, can grow to be in excess of 300 pounds and run at 40 miles per hour.

This encounter took place near Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Fortunately, Evan came away with just a sore neck, but had to go to the hospital to be checked-out none the less. He did have his helmet broken in the encounter as well.

So what't the wildest thing you've come across out on the trail? I've encountered a few deer on occasion, but that's about it. They've mostly left me alone though, and fortunately didn't decided that I was a mate that they wanted to chase down.


13 comments:

Pooja Singh said...

Excellent video, but a little horrifying too. I hope the cyclist is not hurt much.

Daniel said...

That guy must have had the fright of his life! Glad he's ok. Where I live, the only wildlife that would make an attack like that is a bike thief!

Padraic Mac Aodhagain said...

In my eleven years biking in south Florida I have been hit twice but nothing like this!

Mike Fook said...

Unbelievable that the guy is still alive. The lope hit him like Muay Thai fighter with all four feet apparently connecting to the guy's upper body and head.

I thought traumatic brain injury for sure when I heard him mumbling meaninglessly after the hit.

Now we know why to wear helmets while riding through the grasslands of South Africa... it isn't the leopards, lions, tigers, and rhinocerus... it's the frickin LOPES.

Dr. X said...

Ouch! In about 1995, I was cooling down from my road race at the Tour d'Toona (Alatoona, PA, USA) when I saw a the bobbing head of horse coming toward me a long way away. I knew the Pro field was still on course heading in the exact opposite direction. I turned around and tried to ride side-by-side and coax the horse at least over toward the right. A ranch hand came long in a truck and together we were able to get the horse off the road just before meeting the pro field head on!

Mexiko Blogger said...

Poor antelope, what's this biker doing in its wildlife habitat?

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REDBULL said...

About ten kangaroos hopped over the trail as i was riding through a pine plantation near Tumut once. luckily i wasn't hit.

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