Teen recounts 'Buck Norris' incident

2011-10-12 08:54
The moment just before a red hartebeest hits KZN mountain biker Evan van der Spuy during a race at Albert Falls Dam. (Travis Walker, Beeld)

The moment just before a red hartebeest hits KZN mountain biker Evan van der Spuy during a race at Albert Falls Dam. (Travis Walker, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Cyclist hit by antelope

2011-10-11 08:32

SA cyclist Evan van der Spuy was hit by a red hartebeest during a race at Albert Falls Dam in KZN. He wasn't seriously injured, but his helmet was shattered.WATCH

Durban - Southbroom teenager Evan van der Spuy has become an international sensation by virtue of a freak accident.

Footage on YouTube showing the 17-year-old’s encounter with a buck has recorded more than two million hits since it was uploaded by South Africa Team Jeep manager Max Cluer on Monday afternoon.

Van der Spuy, who rides for the team, escaped serious injury after being upended by a charging red hartebeest during the Time Freight Express Mountain Bike race at Albert Falls Dam outside Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

Van der Spuy’s team-mate, Travis Walker, had a GoPro camera strapped to his bike and caught the entire incident on film.


“It was being in the right place at the right time and Evan being in the wrong place at the wrong time - one of those moments,” said Walker.

“It was freaky. I saw it coming closer so I braked, [I] thought it would go in between the gap.

“It hit him, lifted him off the ground, [and he] landed in the grass … he started making weird noises and I didn’t know what to do.”

The video has since caught the attention of media giants CNN and ABC News, who have syndicated it to their media platforms.

“I did Skype interviews with them last night [Monday evening]. They aired it this morning and put it on all their networks,” confirmed Cluer, who added that SuperSport will be airing the footage locally.

“I’m not sure if the SABC knows about it, as I haven’t been contacted by them at this stage, but SuperSport knows about it and all the radio stations have picked it up,” said Cluer.

Van der Spuy just laughed off the notion of becoming a YouTube star and being dubbed “Buck Norris” on Twitter. “It’s pretty cool,” he said.

He was in second place and riding at top speed when the antelope - about 1.3 metres tall at the shoulders and estimated to weigh about 150kg - charged straight at him and hurled itself into him.

His helmet imploded and he was knocked unconscious on impact as the red hartebeest crashed into him before getting up and running away.


Van der Spuy has little recollection of the freak occurrence.

“I saw it coming from about 100 metres away … I looked at it and think I pointed at it and from there it was a blur. I just remember lying on the floor when I came to,” Van der Spuy told The Witness.

Walker and another teammate attended to Van der Spuy and phoned an ambulance that took him to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic.

“They took some X-rays and checked if my spine was still fine.

“I had no fractures, just concussion,” said Van der Spuy, who was discharged on Monday morning.

“If it wasn’t for the helmet I don’t know what would have happened.

“It could have been fatal, so it just reaffirms how crucial it is to wear a helmet at all times.”

Van der Spuy’s mother, Tracy, is thankful that her son escaped the incident with his life.

“He’s very lucky to be alive,” she said, adding that she was reluctant to watch the video.

She said, “I was riding the race as well and didn’t know he had an accident until after I had completed the race. My son Elmo had the video in the car on the way to the hospital … I didn’t want to watch it, but I could hear the sound and it was terrible, absolutely dreadful. I couldn’t watch it until I knew that he was alright.”

Read more on:    durban  |  pietermaritzburg  |  accidents  |  animals

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


DA wants to empower fishing communities - Zille

DA leader Helen Zille says the party has a plan for harbours and small-scale fishing communities.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

DSTV Mobile iDrifta

The iDrifta is a plug and play mobile DVB-H receiver...

From R445.00

I'm shopping for:


You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.