Mountain Biker Collides with Antelope in South Africa’s Cape Epic Race (Video)

mountain biker collides with antelope in south africa

Don’t you hate it when you’re riding your mountain bike along a dirt path in South Africa and an antelope comes out of nowhere and plows into you? I know I do. And I imagine Austrian cyclist Robert Mennen hates it also.

On Monday, during the first stage of South Africa’s Cape Epic race, a seven-stage 435-mile mountain biking event, Mennen was riding along, minding his own business, when one of those pesky South African springboks suddenly ran out of the bush and into his path. Mennen collided with the animal at 37 mph and flipped over, breaking the handlebars and, perhaps, his collarbone.

Luckily for those of us who like to gawk, Mennen had a camera on his bike that caught the entire collision. Have a look:

As a result of this run-in, Mennen had to withdraw from the race. But as you could tell from that interview, he was in pretty good spirits. And why shouldn’t he be? Riding his bike in the South African wilderness, things could have been much worse. He could have hit a buffalo or been attacked by a lion. Something like that.

In any case, here’s hoping Mennen makes a speedy recovery.

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