A short but heart-stopping helmetcam vid of a bear chasing a pair of mountain bikers in a bike park in Slovakia.
Unlike infamous ‘bear chasing bikers’ videos of previous years that have turned out to be fake, this one looks like it’s genuine.
However, it is a bike weird that the riders come to a halt so quickly after the bear has seemingly scurried away. We odn;’t think we’d be hanging around after that episode! Having said that, maybe the trail is about to head right and back into the path of the exist-stage-right bear?
Be bear aware
This obviously isn’t advice aimed at our UK audience (unless you’re off on a riding holiday to bear country) but it is worth pointing out some Dos and Don’ts about biking in bear zones.
It seems mountain bikers are disproportionately at risk from bear attacks. There are much fewer mountain bikers than hikers in grizzly bear areas but the higher speed and relative silence of bikers means that bears are less quick to notice them and move out of the way.
The recommendations for mountain bikers in grizzly bear habitats is to stay vigilant, slow down, carry bear spray, make noise, don’t ride alone and never ride at dusk, dawn or night.
A common bit of advice is to carry bear spray – and know how to use it. There are holders that will hold the bear spray can in bottle cages.