Cyclist Davis Souza had the unexpected happen as he tore down a trail in the Sierra Nevada about 45 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe last week.
Souza, of Truckee, was riding down the Mills Peak Lookout Trail outside the town of Graeagle when the collision occurred.
The bear-biker pileup happened just as Souza reached a shady area making it even harder to see the animal as it stepped right out in front of him.
Video shows Souza slamming into the bear at full speed, flying over his handlebars and landing on the rocky trail. Like a phantom, the bear was gone by the time he looked back to see what he had broadsided.
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