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 World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm