Good sport: World rates hartebeest tackle at Albert Falls

2011-12-22 00:00

SOUTHBROOM’s international teen sensation Evan van der Spuy and his “Buck Norris” video clip has made the list of the most viewed YouTube videos for 2011. It has been rated the third best sports video on 2011 by the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

A jovial Van der Spuy said yesterday: “I cannot believe that such a stupid incident has gained so much recognition and made it onto the rewind when there are millions of other clips on YouTube.”

The video received almost 12 million hits within a couple of days of its release.

“It was absolute chaos. I didn’t go to school for two days because of all the calls and interviews I was receiving from all over the world!”

Van der Spuy’s bizarre encounter with a red hartebeest is part of the two-minute “YouTube Rewind 2011” video that was released on Tuesday.

On October 9, the 17-year-old was upended by a charging red hartebeest during the Time Freight Express Mountain Bike race at Albert Falls Dam. The entire encounter was caught on video footage by a team-mate riding behind him.

The video clip will be shown on National Geographic’s Caught in the Act early next year.

Van der Spuy said that he is eagerly awaiting the 2012 edition of the Albert Falls Race.

“I’m not looking forward to re-uniting with the buck! I am looking forward to finishing the race this time,” he laughed.

Van der Spuy suffered concussion from the encounter and a neck injury. “I have fully recovered. It’s great to be back and riding again.

“My encounter has made me a bit more cautious now,” he said.

He also advised mountain bikers to always wear their helmets. “Our roads have got a lot busier now with the holiday traffic and we see guys riding around without their helmets.

“Riders must always just be safe on the road. If I had not been wearing my helmet my injuries could have been fatal.”

Van der Spuy completes his matric this year. “This will definitely go down as one of my most memorable years. First the ‘Buck Norris’ hype and now I complete my schooling.”

He received an MTB bursary to study towards a B-Compt degree at Varsity College in Westville.

He will also start up and run the campus’s MTB Club. “I’m really excited about this new programme. Mountain biking is my passion. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid so it’s going to be a bit challenging … but very exciting.”

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