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Richmond, VA—The video has gone viral, and it happened right here in central Virginia...now the cyclist who was hit by a deer during a race is speaking out about the unique experience.
Jeff Plassman was participating in the Monster Cross and Mountain Bike Race last Sunday at Pocahontas Park.
"I was probably 100 [yards] back from the front and just really cycling hard, just trying to stay on the people in front of me, but that group was a little faster and they got a gap in front of me," recalls Plassman.
Suddenly, a deer sprinted directly into his path, catching him by complete surprise and throwing him from his bike.
Plassman explains, "So I am just heads down, motoring away, focusing…kind of like when you go running: you aren't looking at everything. So I heard someone say "deer," as soon as I look up, I saw fur, then I saw the sky and then I saw the ground."
The entire incident was caught on video, and uploaded to Youtube, where it has received over 460,000 views.
Plassman says he can clearly see the deer in the video, but didn't see it at all during the race.
"Part of the video that makes this interesting is that you can see the deer coming well before I knew it was coming ...I think it was a doe and she just jumped off my front wheel and she just kept running," he says.
Thankfully, Plassman wasn't hurt, and he feels thankful that both he and the deer got away mostly unscathed.
"Especially looking at it here in slow motion…just really, wow, I had no time to react to that deer and you know I am really lucky in a lot of ways."