South African biker and beast collide, helmet wins

October 12, 2011 - 12:30 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African mountain biker's collision with an antelope has become an Internet sensation.

Race organizer Max Cluer said Wednesday that Evan van der Spuy, 16, was competing in a weekend race in a wildlife park when a hartebeest, an antelope that can weigh up to 350 pounds (more than 200 kilograms), crashed into him.

Video by a fellow rider — punctuated by an off-camera exclamation of "holy cow!" — was posted on YouTube on Monday and had been viewed more than 5 million times by Wednesday.

Cluer says van der Spuy was not badly hurt and the hartebeest returned to his herd to graze.

Van der Spuy told Johannesburg's Beeld newspaper he remembers little, but his broken helmet proves he had the wild encounter.