That was a pretty unnecessary risk he took there...I mean correct me if I'm wrong, but couldn't that gator, if it wanted to, have accelerated in the blink of an eye and taken him and his bike down?
you're absolutely right, he could have shredded his wheel in doing so..or his left leg which ever it got ahold of first.
Right now isn't a good time to be in the woods period, This is the time of year that rattlesnakes, come out of their winter hibernation, and are hungry so they are on the prowl for food, also they just spent the last few months in a cold den, they will be out in the sunny areas, we call mountain bike trails.
Gators, are all looking to mate, and will run any living thing off right now, as opposed to running away as they would normally do. I would seriously consider leaving your dog at home this time of year when going to Boyette...just my two cents.