A cyclist riding through woods in Alaska sure got a big surprise after rounding a bend to discover a bear sitting on the trail … so much so that he fell off his bike.
The rider posted footage of the incident, which happened near Anchorage, to Reddit under the title, "There are better places to sit, bro."
The cyclist wrote that he "said some inappropriate words. Slowly dragged my bike backwards. And then sprinted in the other direction."
Regarding the bear, he said: "It couldn't have cared less about me. I've never felt so insignificant and been glad about it."
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.