Sled sports

Sled sports are generally defined by dryland sledding in summer and mushing or sledding in winter.

Dryland sledding or gig racing typically comprises dog teams towing scooters for one or two dogs, rigs or carts for three dogs or more.Bikejor with an MTB or mountain bike and canicross you ride or run with dogs in harness. "Mushing" is a term for a sport or transport method powered by dogs. It includes carting, pulka, scootering, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. More specifically, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a sled on snow or a rig on dry land." (Wikipedia 2014)

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Scooterjor


Scooterjor

Dog sledding with a scooter is most safely done with one or two dogs. The driver or musher kicks to help the dogs. It is very similar similar to mushing in the winter on a light kick sled or sprint sled making it the prolific dryland mushing activity. The dogs wear the same harness a sled dogs wear. The gangline incorporates a bungee cord to smooth out the shocks of speeding up and takeoff.

Bikejor

Bikejor

Bikejor, like scooterjor is most safely done with one or two dogs but more commonly just one. It is a recreation or sport where a harnessed dog or team of dogs attached to the gangline pull and run ahead of a cyclist. Bikejor is an off season or dryland muscing. Bikejor is also used to train racing sled-dogs out of season.

Canicross

Canicross

Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the dog sledding community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport in Europe. Canicross can be run with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog a harness, and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.

Gig racing

Gig racing - rig/cart

Dog sledding with a rig or cart is usually for teams of three or more dogs. Some drivers are known to run up to twelve dogs. Six or eight is common. The driver or musher, like a scooter, kicks or pushes to help the dogs. It is probably most similar to winter sledding of all the dryland activities. Rigs or carts have either three or four wheels. Dogs are harnessed almost identically to winter snow sledding. The gangline incorporates a bungee.

Sled dog racing

Sled dog racing

Sled dog racing is a winter dog sport most popular in the Arctic regions of the United States, Canada, Russia, and some European countries. It involves the timed competition of teams of sled dogs that pull a sled with the dog driver or musher standing on the runners. The team completing the marked course in the least time is judged the winner. While drylans sledding is predominantly sprint racing winter events.

Photos:
Sled Dog Photgography

References:
Wikipedia, (2014). Dog sled. [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_sled [Accessed 14 Dec. 2014].
Wikipedia, (2014). Mushing. [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushing [Accessed 14 Dec. 2014].
Wikipedia, (2014). Sled dog racing. [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sled_dog_racing [Accessed 14 Dec. 2014].

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Organisations

AFSS - Australian Federation of Sleddog Sports.

AFSS

IFSS - International Federation of Sled Dog Sports

IFSS

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Contact

Email: info@sdrq.org.au