Mountain biking is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and take in the beauty of nature.
Of course, you have to be quick thinking and keep an eye out for rocks, roots, or fallen brush that may have fallen on the trail whenever you’re riding.
However, the last thing you probably have on your mind when biking through the forest is the fact that a massive creature could run out in front of you at any certain moment, and wipe you out and cause possible serious injury.
And in this example, we’re talking about a buck.
In the footage, a mountain biker is flying downhill through a trail at Lac Blanc Bike Park in Alsace, France, and got the GoPro strapped up, capturing the run.
Everything appears to be going smooth, and the biker is REALLY flying I must add, until you see something jump out directly in front of the biker, and they collide, sending the biker straight to the ground.
And that object he collided with?
It was a massive buck.
In caption, the man reveals that he actually was gored by the antler and lost a decent amount of blood:
“Lost the fight with Rudolph, lost quite a bit of blood and lost consciousness a few minutes later.”
And while he calls this beast Rudolph, it’s not a reindeer, but a red deer stag which are common across Europe. Unfortunately for him, they’re much bigger than the average whitetail, closer to the sign of an elk.
According to Nature Is Metal, the man was close to having a big problem on his hands:
“As for the man on the bike, he got banged up pretty good. He suffered heavy losses in the “vital fluid” department, and upon medical examination it was discovered that one of the deer’s antler points narrowly missed his right lung.
In other words, this man might not be on the road to recovery right now, had the business end of that deer’s antler landed 1cm (0.39in) higher than it did.”
Needless to say, the collision nearly turned deadly for the biker, who probably felt like he hit a brick wall… with, you know… spikes sticking out of it.