Cherry Fairley shares her successful end to the 2016-17 Winter Race Season with her Sled Dogs

April 06, 2017

The Winter season ended on a real high note this year with myself and Harry the hound being awarded ‘Champion’ in the Bikejor class of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland (SDAS). 

The class comprises one dog (any breed) and one cyclist (either sex). The dog is attached to the front of the bike (mountain bikes and cyclo-cross are a popular choice) by an elasticated lead of no more than 3 metres in length. The dog must run out in front of the bike so requires a strong, confident and focused/driven dog to be successful - Harry is perfect!. The aim of the human is to pedal to keep up with the dog and ‘steer’ along the correct marked trail by voice commands only. The sport is therefore a real team effort. 

Harry at Rothes

This year there were 5 races in the series held in different locations over Scotland (with one creeping in to Northern England) from October to March. The trails have been between 3 to 5 miles long over undulating terrain, with grass or leafy forest surfaces being preferred (the last race was however a little muddy for my liking!). Dogs should never be run on tarmac or other hard ground that could cause sore pads or limb impact injuries.  The weather must also be cool to prevent the dogs from overheating.

Not to be outdone my gorgeous Alaskan Malamutes, Gambit and Charm, pulled me to SDAS Season Championship ‘runner up’ in the Nordic 2 dog rig class. They had to compete against the faster Siberians, but as some of this year’s trails were tough and required power and drive they had the advantage and I am proud to say that they won two of the series races.

Gambit and Charm

I have been racing sled dogs for some 11 years now and am improving every year. I still enjoy the team effort and thrill of working with my dogs and the trips abroad to compete and train. My Swedish training trip this year was clearly beneficial. I must thank my mountain bike coach Jim Barron of Dirt Vixens for bringing my mountain bike skills on by leaps and bounds and giving me the confidence to ride faster and stronger, Hannah from Flare for kitting me out in her lovely range of comfy stylish clothes and bringing a bit of glamour to the sport, and my training buddies in the The Moray Sled Dog Crew for making it fun even on the cold, rainy, muddy days.  

I am already looking forward to next season’s racing with SDAS and possible trips to Poland to compete in the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports European Cup race in the veteran bikejor class and a return to Sweden to race on a sled at the World Sled dog Association World Cup.



Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA Bust Hip Length
X-Small 8 4 92cm 98cm 56.5cm
Small 10 6 96cm 102cm 57.5cm
Medium 12 8 100cm 106cm 58.5cm
Large 14 10 104cm 110cm 59.5cm
X-Large 16 12 108cm 114cm 60.5cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA "Waist"  Hip Length
X-Small 8 4 72cm/28" 92cm/36" 53cm/21"
Small 10 6 76cm/30" 98cm/38.5" 57cm/22.5"
Medium 12 8 80cm/31.5" 104cm/41" 59cm/23"
Large 14 10 84cm/33" 112cm/44" 61cm/24"
X-Large 16 12 88cm/34.5" 118cm/46.5 63cm/25" 

Men's Tops

Chest Length 
Small 93cm 61.5cm
Medium 97cm 62.5cm
Large 101cm 63.5cm
X-Large 105cm 64.5cm
XX-Large 109cm 65.5cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Length
30" 74cm/29" 60cm/23.5"
32" 79cm/31" 63cm/25"
34" 83cm/33" 66cm/26"
36" 89cm/35" 68cm/27"
** It is important to note that all of the 2016 jerseys have no mechanical stretch, so if between sizes please order one size up**