A comment on the cyclist taken out by the large buck...
(updated: Oct 12, 2011)
As most of you have probably seen on youtube.com or cnn by now, a mountain biker in South Africa was tackled and knocked out by a ... well some kind of large deer-like thing.
People suggested I post it, even though I'm always so late to the bike-blog-party that I don't even bother with this type of stuff. But, the three people that actually read my site suggested it ...so, here it is. And, I'm here to say that it was his own damn fault.
If you watch the video, you'll here his friend say, "Watch the buck".
Then the guy actually looks and points to the charging buck. "Hey, look, there's a big animal heading right where I'm going."
But, he then proceeds to do absolutely jack squat about it, because it's a race, and god forbid he slow down, because, you know, he might lose precious seconds and not get the $20 in prize money and free tire levers.
So, let's see ... warning from his friend the cameraman, he sees it coming and actually has time to point it out, and then does nothing.
Next time, consider slowing down or stopping, or maybe yelling at it. Ignoring it was clearly a mistake.
Good advice when it comes to cars, trucks and large objects in the trail also, except for maybe yelling at a boulder or something ... unless that works for you.
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1. Mike said...
At least the guy gets to boast about walking away from a crash with an antelope! How many of us get to say that?? Somehow, it seems a little more "macho" than saying something like "I got hit by a Toyota."
BTW, if you want to catch a stupid debate on bikers being/not being "macho", this one is still new:
Oct 13, 2011 @ 7:17 AM
2. Sue said...
It's a 17 year old kid, now what did you expect? Bad judgments make great stories, right? Here's a brief interview with the kid and an advertisement for "antelope-proof" helmets: http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2011/10/11/pkg-moos-antelope-cyclist.cnn.html
Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:54 AM
3. Mike said...
The crazy thing is, the day after I posted above(14th), I could have almost recorded a "repeat" (had a camera guy been following me, of course). I was riding home from work, and cut through the D.O.T. road in Castle Hayne, and a whitetail deer came blazing up beside the road, and crossed about 20 feet ahead of me. I thought to myself, now wouldn't THAT be ironic. A few seconds later, a second deer came blazing by and cut much closer across my path, almost within "touching" distance! They're small compared to an antelope, but for once I'm glad I wasn't moving a little faster...
Oct 18, 2011 @ 2:24 PM
4. Sneaky Pete said...
I see deer every time I ride in the morning at Blue Clay, and I usually startle them on the path. Probably wouldn't be good to scare a big buck during the rutting season.
Oct 20, 2011 @ 5:28 AM
5. Mike said...
Guess for a real thrill ride, you could douse yourself in deer pee, tie some dried sticks to your helmet, and sneak into the trails from across the big corn fields...
Oct 20, 2011 @ 6:38 AM
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