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Bear in the sights

First publishedin World Highways
September 2017

A touring cyclist in Canada recently received the benefit of a new training tool while out on a long ride. The cyclist was slowly pedalling up a long climb on his heavily laden bicycle. A bear spotted the solo rider, and deciding that this presented a meal opportunity, hopped over the guardrail and ambled quietly after the rider. Luckily for the cyclist, a driver in a pick-up truck spotted what was happening and placed his vehicle in-between the animal and the bicycle, while also sounding his horn. The cyclist meanwhile looked around and saw what was happening, then picked up his pace somewhat. Another pick-up truck driver also then placed his vehicle between the animal and the cyclist, helping to further protect the rider. The cyclist was able to escape unharmed and the disappointed bear ambled away, looking for another easy meal instead.

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