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Video: Deer brings California cyclist crashing down

Silas Patlove left with no time to react as animal jumps out on descent into Sausalito

A cyclist in California had a nasty crash as he rode on a descent towards the coastal town of Sausalito when a deer jumped out in front of him, leaving him with no time to react.

Silas Patlove captured the incident, which took place on Alexander Avenue, on his Fly6 camera attached to his handlebars and posted the video to YouTube.

He said: “Although I don't remember it, I landed on my back, and hit the back of my Giro helmet, which probably saved me from serious brain injury.

“Although I had a mild concussion with a bit of memory loss around the event, I am very grateful to have escaped feeling only a little banged up.

“I cannot speak to the deer's injuries. Also, thank you very much to the folks who stopped to help.”

The clip would no doubt have been a contender for our Top 10 Videos of 2014 round-up had that not already been published – you can watch those here.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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