21 October 2011 by Roy Barford

Mountain biking in Africa: Wear helmets!

The YouTube video of established South African mountain biker, Evan van der Spuy, being knocked over by a red hartebeest (antelope) has been viewed more than 11 million times in the last 10 days.

Van der Spuy was competing in the MTB Express Moutain race at Albert Falls Dam near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on October 10, 2011, when the 150kg antelope knocked him off his mountain bike. He saw the animal running toward him, but expected it to avoid him. Instead, it tried to jump over him, but failed in its attempt to do so.

Van der Spuy suffered concussion and minor injuries. Fortunately, however, he was wearing a helmet, which prevented a far more serious head injury.

Van der Spuy suffered concussion and minor injuries. Fortunately, however, he was wearing a helmet, which prevented a far more serious head injury. If you are one of the few people who haven’t yet seen the video of this rare occurrence, click the play button below.

Albert Falls is just one of many excellent mountain biking destinations in KwaZulu-Natal. Browse a directory of cycling stores in Pietermaritzburg for outlets that rent mountain bikes.

And don’t forget to wear a helmet!

Category: Adventure, Sport


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