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Damn, I feel lucky: L2R and I came over a rise at a good clip in Whistler last weekend and found a 250+ pound black bear about six feet from the trail as we passed. He looked up at us and kept chewing grass. I'm pretty sure he shrugged, but I was moving to fast to be 100%.
 

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May The Force Be With You
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"I don't think I could have hurt him," said Egan. "It was literally like running into a brick wall. I'm glad my nephew was here, or nobody would have believed me. I told him, 'I demand that this story be told at my funeral, because it'll get a laugh out of everyone.'"





^^^ that will make some crying eyes chuckle for sure
i'm glad the bear walked way, it could have been alot worse for sure.,
 

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Boulder resident Tim Egan, 53, is training for the Triple Bypass Bike Race.

He and his nephew estimate they were traveling at about 45 miles per hour on the hill just west of Boulder. Neither one could believe what happened.

"I saw a blur and thought to myself, 'Big dog.' Then just as I was hitting it, I saw this gigantic bear head with huge teeth. He was surprised to see me and I was surprised to see him. It was almost like a cartoon when we collided," Egan said.

Egan and his bike were thrown through the air. Egan's breath was knocked out and he was afraid he'd broken his back. He couldn't move for several minutes. His nephew pulled up on the scene just seconds later and told him the bear was still there.

"I remember thinking to myself, 'I'm alive, but the bear's here. Oh, this is bad.' I mean, this bear was as high as my waist. He was extremely well-fed and a big guy. And he wasn't happy. He looked at me and he opened his mouth," said Egan.

Egan's nephew says the bear raised up onto his back legs.

"He wasn't leaving the scene," said Egan.

Eventually, though, the bear sauntered off into the woods, apparently uninjured. Egan, though, was bleeding profusely and his bike was bent. He and his nephew got it straightened out and rode to Boulder Community Hospital.

One longtime homeowner on Old Stagecoach Road confirmed there's been a very large bear in the neighborhood over the past few days. Jerry Dancy also says he's surprised bicyclists aren't killed as they race down the hill.

"We've got bears, we've got lots of deer that dart across the road. It's very dangerous for bicyclists," said Dancy.

While Egan had to go to the hospital, he doesn't think the bear had any problems.

"I don't think I could have hurt him," said Egan. "It was literally like running into a brick wall. I'm glad my nephew was here, or nobody would have believed me. I told him, 'I demand that this story be told at my funeral, because it'll get a laugh out of everyone.'"
 

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anyone else smell that?
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selfpropelled devo hit a deer and locked handlebars to antlers. i would poop myself in either case.
 

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No. Just No.
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I was within inches of having almost the exact same thing happen to me 2 summers ago in Squamish, B.C. I was coming around a blind high speed corner on some singletrack and had to hammer full on the brakes to keep from ramming myself right into a bear's butt. If I hadn't been giving the full death grip to both brake levers I could have reached out and poked it while coming to a stop. Fortunately, I think I scared it as much as I scared myself, and it ran immediately along the trail a few feet and then off into the trees.

I was still a bit shaken up, and quickly tried to figure out if should turn around and go backwards since the bear had exited the trail just ahead of me, or proceed down the trail instead. I decided to use the downdhill slope to my advantage and continued forward. Not more than 100 feet further ahead there was a group of teens hanging out just off to the side of the trail. I explained my recent bear encounter, intending to serve as a warning for them but they gave me a very casual and seemingly unconcerned "Thanks man" and just continued sitting there. I suspect the Squamish locals have seen enough bears around the edges of housing looking for garbage to eat (this was by a trail called "Roller Coaster" if anyone knows it) that wasn't a big deal to them.
 
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