Dryland racing – doggie-style

Claudia Hanel with her dogs as she prepares them for a training session. (Western Star photo)

Claudia Hanel with her dogs as she prepares them for a training session. (Western Star photo)

Dog-scootering is to traditional mushing as kicking is to sledding – an alternative and adjunct. From the Corner Brook, Canada Western Star:

Claudia Hanel’s foray into dog sled racing is off to a good start with an impressive showing in Bristol.

Hanel, a 46-year-old Germany native who lives in Frenchman’s Cove, participated in two races at the 2014 Bristol Dryland Canadian Championship Dog Race Sunday in the Quebec town.

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Hanel is expected to participate in two more dryland races over the next two weeks with both taking place in the United States.

Her dryland races will include testing her dogs in canicross — cross-country running with the dogs pulling her from behind — and dog scootering, which involves one or more dogs pulling a human riding an unmotorized kick scooter.

(Hanel holds her own at Bristol dog races,’ The Western Star)

Baulkham Hills (Australia) man takes his footbiking to world championship

Optimum exercise: Michal Kozar: ''I get better exercise than riding a bike or running but it is less impact on your knees and joints. When you kick you have half of your body-weight on that leg instead of full weight when you run. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Optimum exercise: Michal Kozar: ”I get better exercise than riding a bike or running but it is less impact on your knees and joints. When you kick you have half of your body-weight on that leg instead of full weight when you run. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

One day Michal Kozar was browsing the internet looking for a new sport to take up, perhaps to help him train for his marathons or tennis.

Kozar, who lives in Baulkham Hills, found footbiking – a form of racing on a light, extremely fast scooter with large road racing wheels – and it quickly became his sport of choice. Running and tennis were suddenly helping him prepare for footbiking.

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Something’s missing

Wait! Where’s my dog-scooter?

The heart of the matter

The very sea has ejected Lance Armstrong as if it were the Great Salt Lake. The one-time wunderkind of cycling is finding himself a man without a sport:

Lance Armstrong has scrapped plans to enter a swim race in Texas following objections from the sport’s global governing body, it was reported Thursday.

Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and banned for life before later confessing to drug-taking throughout his career, had hoped to compete in a U.S. Masters Swimming event in Austin this weekend. However Armstrong’s participation in the event was swiftly opposed by swimming’s governing body, FINA, which issued a statement saying the cyclist should be barred from competing under anti-doping regulations.

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Celebrity sighting: Akwasi Frimpong

Akwaski Frimpong knows a winning athletic discipline when he sees one. (Of course, he grew up in Amsterdam.)

Akwasi on Kickbike pic

I’d rather see them pulling scooters, myself*

Dog driving car pic (yep)

Is that a squirrel?

From my FOX Orlando:

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – a trainer in New Zealand is teaching man’s best friend to drive – really!

The SPCA in Auckland thought it would be a good way to showcase how smart rescue dogs are and perhaps improve their adoption rate. So they called on animal trainer, Mark Vette, who was up for the challenge.

*As in Practical Urban Mushing.

Win a Footbike from BikeCommuters.com

'Win a Footbike' posterFrom BikeCommuters.com:

FootbikeUSA has graciously offered one of their famous machines to be given away in a contest exclusive to BikeCommuters.com! You can enter to win this beautiful, fun and practical machine just by providing us the correct answer to our trivia question. We’ll be picking a random winner with the correct answer on 12/17/2012.

Join the action at BikeCommuters.com (though it might also be good for an actual bicycle rider to find out what s/he’s missing).