Watch What Happens When an Angry Bull Attacks a Cyclist During a Race

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A video of a cyclist almost literally taking a bull by the horns on a trail in California last February has gone viral. The incident took place during the Rock Cobbler 80-mile race outside of Bakersfield, California, on a trail that tends to have the occasional cow or bull meandering along. But in this case, the bull was feeling a little bit aggressive.

In the now-viral video, you can see the cyclist approach the bull, who appears to be standing off to the side of the trail, but as the rider goes to make the pass, the bull decides he’d prefer that the rider not get out in front. The bull turns onto the trail and knocks the rider off his bike—and then comes back to flip him for a second time before wandering off. And of course, the entire incident was captured on film.

Good news: The rider in the video was fine (and we assume the bull was as well!). The main issue? Embarrassment over the mistaken identity, because the cyclist, Tony Inderbitzin, thought it was a cow. "I didn’t think much about there being a cow there, and just thought it was one cow versus a dozen that I might ride through any one grouping on any day," he later told FOX 26. "I kept going, and as I got 10-15 yards from him, he turned – because he had his back to me. He turned, squared up, and I had maybe a second to brace myself or do anything... It’s a case of mistaken identity from a cow to a bull."

Of course, more than his pride was hurt. "I am extremely sore," Inderbitzin added. "I’ve never been this sore. Initially, right after the attack, my neck was killing me. That was the focal point of the soreness, now it’s the lower back."

The bull also made contact with two other riders that day, but they were all happily uninjured. Rock Cobbler shared footage of another rider facing off with a bull:

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"You mess with the bull, you get the horns. Literally," the race organizer wrote in the caption. If you’re heading to The Rock Cobbler this year—and we admit, it looks pretty amazing, even with the aggressive wildlife!—we highly recommend keeping an eye out for charging bulls. (A good tip from Ranger Rick? If a bull charges you, pay him.)

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