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Buzz worms & other wildlife (cross post)(12 posts)

Buzz worms & other wildlife (cross post)lonefrontranger
May 7, 2002 8:33 AM
There was a rattlesnake in our race on Sunday, you can read the race report on the Racing forum if you go in for that sort of thing:

http://forums.consumerreview.com/crforum?viewall@@.efa6053

OK, it's an old topic but now I'm curious. What's the wildest life YOU've ever seen on the bike? My tally:

* squirrels, squirrels, squirrels (and more squirrels), the bushy-tailed kind, not the 2-wheeled kind. Hit one in an MTB race, clocked him hard on the head with my pedal. He slid under the BB, rolled into a ball, tumbled down between switchbacks, then got up and hollered squirrel-sized epithets at me while I buzzed off down the next switch. I ran completely over a squirrel (ka-thump) with my road bike in a pack once, nothing I could do but he ran off without showing any sign of being affected. Nothing like a good psycho batch of squirrels in a technical crit to make the prime laps fun and frenzied!

* prairie dogs: dumber and more unpredictable than squirrels. They tend to do the go, stop, turn back, run the other way thing - then they lie down flat and "freeze" directly in your path! They're somewhat bigger than squirrels too, so they are potentially a bigger dent in your rim (or your head) if you accidentally hit one.

* 2 rattlesnakes now, one sunning himself on a bend as I came up a long, long dirt road climb on my road bike. It was as good excuse as any to stop on a climb. I went wayyy around thru the ditch, he didn't seem much interested. The one in the race on Sunday was p.o.'d; I don't blame him since all hell broke loose as soon as the field saw him.

* nearly got smacked by a big deer that floated over the fence and bounded across the road in front of me on a foggy morning commute.

* a pro roadie friend of mine says his most surreal race experience by far was when the field hit a duck in a crit, which I witnessed. Feathers everywhere. No one crashed or even flinched (this is why they're pros and we're schmucks), but the poor ol' duck got the short end; he was duck pancake on the next lap.

* don't know if this qualifies as "wildlife" but it was wild; a transsexual complete with trashy Pamela Lee 'do, shoveled-on makeup and big fake boobs raced (and did quite well) in the Women's IV field at Tour de Toona a few years ago.

* a massive herd of elk was milling about within a few dozen yards of the racecourse a couple weeks ago, at the bottom of a wicked descent, natch. Just to add to the whole freezing rain/sleet/fog experience. Elk are big. I don't recommend hitting one.

* I've dodged chickens in a couple rural road races, never hit one thank heavens.

* got chased by a cow on an open space ride last year. Luckily I was going downhill, on the 'cross bike; hurdled 4' of woven wire like Anne Grande on a SuperCup mission (no time to deal with the gate).

* speaking of farm animals, a ride buddy of mine got chased by a miniature billy goat the size of his shoe on a ride in (where else) Kentucky. Funniest g.d. thing I ever saw bar none.

* saw a skunk wandering around the course in a 'cross race; gave that a wide berth.

* hitting a bulldog yields the same results as hitting a cinderblock, and affects the bulldog about the same (as the cinderblock that is)

Your turn!
Great post! rollerbladers & horsesSlipstream
May 7, 2002 8:56 AM
* rollerbladers--the scariest animal out there. I shout "on the left," so what does he do? He does a 90 degree turn right into my front wheel. I go down and he just looks at me like I dropped out of the sky and continues on. What really pissed me off was that my new ultegra ergo levers & derailler were all scratched up. I had a few scrapes too, but they healed over.

* horses. I was riding early one morning and I entered a valley where there was a thick fog. I had to slow down because there was virtually no visibility. Anyway, I hear this muffled sound of hoofs in front of me and before I knew there was 15 or so horses gliding past me. This one horse just brushed me and all I saw were its eyes and a large flank. Very mysterious and uncanny experience.
Not exactly wild "life", but mine's gotta be the dead guyrideslikeagirl
May 7, 2002 9:14 AM
Seriously, it wasn't the sort of thing I was expecting on my beautiful Sunday ride home thru Pebble Beach.

But there were a bunch of cop cars and a couple people talking to them, so I was rubber-necking...next thing I see is a body splayed on the beach, with just the head covered with the yellow tarpy things. Just out there on the sand all by himself - saddest thing!

Had to pull over and concentrate to not toss my cookies.

Poor guy. (found out later he was 76, had waded into the water, had a heart attack, and had been found by a kayaker, floating in the bay - glad I was on the bike, not the kayak)
I saw a dead guy tooclimbo
May 7, 2002 9:40 AM
a suicide jumper off the Golden Gate bridge. At first light there he was down on the rocks. Somehow another biker managed to notice the body and he stopped me on the bridge. One ugly site, even from that distance.
Llamas, japanese beetles, one-armed cyclist (re-post)Spinchick
May 7, 2002 10:10 AM
Spinchick "I am a dirty girl..." 9/4/01 3:50pm

Was that really 8 months ago? God I can't wait to ride again...
Mtn. Liongrzy
May 7, 2002 10:33 AM
Had one leap across the dirt road in front of me and my buddy while MTB'ing one evening. Nice kitty. Jumped by a deer on my roadbike, which caused me to go unstable and hit a guardrail while the doe was riding piggy back! Me, the bike and the deer all went down on the road, but the deer got up and shot off into the woods. I was lefte with two bleeding elbows and a tweaked bike wheel. See lots of other stuff, but most interesting critters have been: bear (in Tahoe), huge turantulas, wild boar, bobcats, whales (SC coast), rattle snakes. The most interesting critter I've seen was witnessing a Great White shark attack a windsurfer. Now that was memorable - espeically since I was windsurfing too and the guy was about 50 yds away (hey, the bullet missed). Got flashed once by a fairly large and well endowed woman hanging out of a car. I was riding solo in the Santa Cruz Mtn.s and was climbing Hwy 9 towards the summit from the Boulder Creek side. I heard a car coming the other way and this strange smacking sound. I looked up to see the torso of a largish woman hanging out of the passenger side window of a small Japanese car. With one hand she was hanging on to the roof and with the other she was smacking her bare breast. It was hilarous and I felt kinda special to witness it. The funniest thing about all this is that it's fairly hard to believe at times.
Guess that trumps squirrels and obnoxious dogs (nm).Sintesi at home
May 7, 2002 2:41 PM
actually I think the dead guy(s) trump 'em all (nm)lonefrontranger
May 7, 2002 3:09 PM
Oh yeah, dead guys take the cake. nmSpinchick
May 7, 2002 3:54 PM
Only if you have to "bunny hop" them. : ) (nm)Sintesi
May 8, 2002 4:42 AM
re: Buzz worms & other wildlife (cross post)2cflyr
May 7, 2002 3:40 PM
Best Ive got is a porcupine in colorado. Big damn critter!
Mainly just bugs but...hayaku
May 8, 2002 2:00 AM
Once I got one that fit quite snugly up my nose! I blew it out after the shock had passed... Oh may god... I've got a bug up my...