Exit downhill, pursued by a bear

Among the challenges you don’t want on a downhill mountain bike run is a brown bear charging at you – but that’s what happened to this rider.

We’ve seen similar videos before, with the bear’s charge typically triggered by a sow looking to protect its young, and previous films always from the US or Canada.

This footage, however, was shot in Slovakia, so even if you’re in Europe, as the man in Hill Street Blues said, “Be careful out there.”

Yeah, showing our age.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.