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Young and hungry bear was following cyclist up a slow climb

Two pick truck drivers in Canada were caught on camera coming to the aid of a cyclist who was being followed by a grizzly bear.

Robbie Flemming was driving from Calgary toward Radium on July 14 when he saw a cyclist with full touring gear riding slowly up a long climb.

He told Global News: “All of a sudden, I see a young grizzly jump over the Banff-bound guardrail in front of a tour bus and go loping across the highway.

 

“As he gets into my lane…he stands up on his back feet, and I’m sure he can smell that cyclist coming for a bit, and I’m sure he had visions of supper.”

“It was very surreal,” he added. “My first concern was that I was going to hit the bear. And then I realized I wasn’t going to hit the bear and then, OK, ‘He’s after that cyclist.’”

He began hitting his horn to get the cyclist’s attention, seeing that his speed would not outrun the bear.

“Finally he looked over at me and I said, ‘You’ve got a grizzly bear about 25 feet behind you.’ He looked back and went, ‘Oh!’ and started to pound on the pedals.”

He pulled his truck in between the rider and the bear, and turned his hazard lights on. A second pickup-truck driver saw what was happening and also pulled in between the space between the bear and the cyclist.

Once the cyclist was out of the bear’s line of sight, the rider gave a thumbs up to the drivers and rode on.

Cassie Beyer and Donald Poster of Idaho who were in a camper van, took photos at the scene

“He saw the cyclist, we were going down, he was coming uphill and the bear was chasing him,” Beyer told Global News. “It looked like the bear was after the cyclist.”

“His head was turned, he was looking back, he knew [the bear] was back there.”

In 2013, we reported how Brad Paras posted footage to YouTube that showed him and his cousin being charged three times while out on their bikes in Alberta, Canada by a female grizzly bear protecting her cub, with both riders escaping unscathed.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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don simon [1136 posts] 3 weeks ago
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It'll never catch on as a training tool.

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ConcordeCX [332 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Nothing to worry about here - the helmet would have saved his life. 

I always carry a pearl-handled revolver in case a grizzly follows me across Blackfriars Bridge.

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Bentrider [28 posts] 3 weeks ago
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So always remember, if you ride your bike with a bear behind, you'll end up all over Facebook!

 

I'll get my coat!

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burtthebike [920 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Just a bit surprised that the grizzly went after a skinny, sinewy cyclist when all those extremely large and tender Americans are on offer.   But maybe they never get out of their cars.

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ConcordeCX [332 posts] 3 weeks ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Just a bit surprised that the grizzly went after a skinny, sinewy cyclist when all those extremely large and tender Americans are on offer.   But maybe they never get out of their cars.

maybe s/he didn't have a tin-opener

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brooksby [2387 posts] 3 weeks ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Just a bit surprised that the grizzly went after a skinny, sinewy cyclist when all those extremely large and tender Americans are on offer.   But maybe they never get out of their cars.

maybe s/he didn't have a tin-opener

maybe s/he just wasn't smarter than the average...

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wycombewheeler [1101 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Over here I wonder if the drivers would be helping the bear.

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Yorkshire wallet [1249 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Is a bear-assisted KOM cheating?

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dottigirl [686 posts] 3 weeks ago
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'a cyclist with full touring gear'

Masterful understatement. Looks like he has everything but the kitchen sink. Wonder what his ride was?

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Grahamd [544 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I still think it's more dangerous cycling in the UK.

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Carmic0 [9 posts] 3 weeks ago
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The white van equivalent.

 

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HarrogateSpa [473 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Not keen on the video format - steam is coming out of my PC as it tries to load.

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fustuarium [215 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Riding around Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Wells Grey etc without bear spray is as dumb as riding at night without lights. That bear was helping us improve our genetic stock.

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esnifador [39 posts] 3 weeks ago
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fustuarium wrote:

Riding around Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Wells Grey etc without bear spray is as dumb as riding at night without lights. That bear was helping us improve our genetic stock.

How do you know for sure he didn't? Admittedly it's very much a hypothetical question given that I cycle around the fierce wilds of Cambridgeshire, but I like to think that I'd try to pedal away from a bear as fast as possible (even if that is actually rather slowly) as my first line of defence rather than letting it get close enough to make bear spray the only only option.