Anthony Blasioli was attacked by a bear during a mountain bike ride earlier this month in Banner Forest Heritage Park in Washington state but luckily, he survived. Blasioli credits prayer and his bike helmet with saving his life.
I saw Anthony on one of the morning programs yesterday and they showed his bloody helmet with a huge chunk missing from it – gory stuff. On the show he also mentioned that he used his bike as a shield to keep the bear away and that the helmet saved him from more serious injury. Most of his ear was ripped off but other than that, the guy is alive which is all that matters.
This is certainly not the first time we’ve reported on bears attacking mountain bikers and while it’s unlikely that you’ll be a victim, it at least gives me one more reason to wear a helmet (as if you really needed one).