‘Buck Norris’ an internet hit

2011-10-12 07:12

A KwaZulu-Natal mountain biker became an internet sensation after a video of him being pounced on by charging hartebeest received nearly five million views on YouTube, since it was posted yesterday.

Evan van der Spuy (17) was taking part in a mountain-bike race near Pietermaritzburg on Sunday when the 150kg hartebeest tried to jump over him.

“It was a freak accident. I knew the goat (sic) had rushed up to me, but I can’t remember what happened after that,” Afrikaans daily Beeld quoted him saying today.

Van der Spuy’s teammate, Travis Walker, was behind him, filming with a camera mounted on his handlebars, when the hartebeest jumped.

The video was broadcast in the United States through ABC and CNN news, and was posted on the Huffington Post website. In Britain, it made The Telegraph website.

The Mirror tweeted a link to the video with a hashtag calling Van der Spuy “Buck Norris”.

Race organiser Max Cluer told Beeld that Van der Spuy’s helmet saved his life.

“The goat’s hooves hit him by his right temple. The helmet broke with the impact,” he said.

Van der Spuy suffered a mild concussion. The hartebeest was not injured.

He later tweeted: “Haha, ya, told you I would always give it [the helmet] horns.”

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