Scary helmet-cam video of a bear charging a mountain biker is going viral
Posted May 23
Mountain biking through scenic woods seems like a really fun activity. Well, Dorothy, I’m about to ruin it for you. Here’s a little reminder that the woods are full of lions and tigers and bears. OK, I’m not sure about the lions and tigers part. But there are definitely bears in the woods.
A video of two Slovakian mountain bikers encountering a bear and capturing the incident on a helmet-cam has gone viral-with the YouTube video they posted garnering over 10 million views as of the time of publication.
(A word of warning, if you get motion sickness you might want to take something for that before you watch any type of head-cam footage. Trust me.)
YouTube user Dusan Vinzik and his buddy appear to be enjoying a nice ride down a wooded trail when all of a sudden, a bear tries to turn Vinzik’s buddy into his “Revenant” co-star:
Vinzik yells-in dramatic slow-motion-what we are assuming is the Slovakian word for “BEAR!” in time to warn his friend to pump his brakes and make a hasty retreat. I give credit to Vinzik, because I think I would have simply turned around and let the bear chase after my friend.
Bears Have Chased Cyclists Before
Bears chasing cyclists is nothing new. In 2014, Canadian cyclist Brad Paras was in Jasper National Park biking when a mama bear appeared to his right. In the video of the incident, Paras does what most of us would have done. First, he takes a 90-degree turn. Then he says a naughty word (warning!) and tumbles down a hill and crashes into a log.
Of course, there are also fake videos of bear chases floating around on the internet, like the one Field and Stream debunked in 2014. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that this video is fake. While the bear in the first two videos gives short chase, the one in the fake video just keeps running after the cyclist like the T-Rex in “Jurassic Park.”
If you do find yourself in a real-life encounter with a bear, the National Park Service recommends that you try to make yourself look as large as possible while talking calmly to the bear-maybe something like “So, how about those Chicago Cubs?”-before moving slowly away in a sideways motion.
Or just make sure you never bike without Leonardo DiCaprio.