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Bikejoring, is a dog mushing activity, which can be competed as a recreation or sport. Bikejoring consists of a harnessed dog or team of dogs attached to a towline, pulling and running ahead of a cyclist, across country and on soft tracks.
Bikejoring is often run at Cani X events. The two events are run separately to avoid accidents.
Bikejoring usually takes place cross country and on soft tracks. The dogs should not be run far over paved surfaces, as this could damage their paws or limbs.
Bikejor competitions have strict rules over the age and fitness of the dogs, and provide watering spots.
The bikejorer also has to take care of their own safety by wearing protective equipment and by keeping the bicycle in good working order.
Although any breed (or non-breed) of dog can be used, American Pit Bulls, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Malamutes, Alaskan Huskies, Sled Hounds and Pointers are probably the most popular breeds used.
Dogs are fitted with harnesses suitable for pulling and running in, such as x-back harnesses, or a gang line if more than one dog is being run. This is attached to a bungee towline which clips to the front of the bicycle. Many bikejorers use bayonets, antennas, or plastic pipes to suspend the towline above the front wheel, and to prevent it from tangling between the wheel and forks. If two dogs are employed on a gang line, they are sometimes also attached to each other by a neckline.
Cani X 861, Skijoring 562, Sled Dog Racing 215.
Level of Demand
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