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final sprint catalyst: 32 mph dog!(16 posts)

final sprint catalyst: 32 mph dog!Ratite_Power
Jan 29, 2003 10:47 PM
Scenario: I'm on my way to my girlfriend's house in the country, exactly 22.65 miles from my door to her driveway. (The selfsame Female Humanoid Companionship Unit who wants a road bike I posted about the other day). I tried to hammer it pretty good the whole way, but there's one big climb over "Newfound Gap" as well as many smaller rollers, so I was pretty bushed by the end--I wanted nothing more than to coast into her driveway and drink a Sam Adams in peace, with her little kids jumping all over me in glee. By the time I was one eighth of a mile from her driveway, I spotted the beast. Black, dredlocked, and sitting right on the side of the road. I was coming down a smaller hill, which is followed my about a mile flat then a big uphill. I whispered "Don't even think about it" through clenched teeth. As soon as I was within about fifty yards of the QCCTU (Quadraped Canine Cyclist's Terror Unit), he crouched down real low. Like a cat. I thought "O no...imminent pouncage." Sure enough, I started to hammer it, and he bolted like a scalded, well, dog. Yipes. I beat the hell out of the pedals, glancing down at the computer a couple times. 24...28...finally 31 mph. Completely friggin exhausted. My periphal vision seemed to be malfunctioning, or else glycogen depletion hallucinations were taking place, because when I turned my head to the right, there he was. Not only there he was, but he began to pull ahead! WTF?! I hammered it still and barely kept 31/32 mph, and he got out to an entire bike length ahead of me!! Ag! I prayed he wouldn't dart towards the front wheel, but thankfully I guess he was going too fast to be able to change direction. Just before the big uphill he wore out and I kept going, trembling with energylessness and adrenaline. I kept thinking of that silly American Flyers scene, and kept trying to figure out how fast they were going to outrun that little monster. Well by the time I turned around and cruised back to the girlfriend's driveway, he just sat there watching me, evidently too tired to care anymore.

Thirty-two mph country dog? Is this common? Yikes.

Indulge in indiscriminate quad devastation.
re: final sprint catalyst: 32 mph dog!seyboro
Jan 30, 2003 2:50 AM
Impressive,...impressive indeed! 32 mph is pretty quick. Most dogs I have encountered, petered out around 28.
By the way, 'Newfound Gap' sounds most familiar. Is that somewhere in western NC, maybe around Almond/Cherokee, somewhere on the BRP? It sure sounds like I have ridden there before.
yep! WNCRatite_Power
Jan 30, 2003 10:29 PM
It's a road I take from New Leicester Hwy (in Asheville) to Canton, called Newfound Road, and it has a pretty nice up and over part right before Canton, called Newfound Gap. What's real fun is to hang a left a couple miles b4 Newfound Gap on a road called Hooker's Gap, which is a very fun two mile climb abd back down again and you can get almost 50 mph a couople of spots, then continue on to Canton.
Fast dog. Faster woman story.Tig
Jan 30, 2003 7:11 AM
That dog must be bragging to his dog buddies! The last dog encounter of the unpleasant kind I had was up a very steep hill in Austin. This dog had a good thing and knew it!

Anyone know how fast greyhounds sprint?

I ride with a woman who was once challenged to sprint at 40 MPH by a friend. At first she tried, but couldn't get past the mid 30's. After working on it most of the season, she managed a consistant 40 MPH flat no-wind solo sprint. Needless to say, the women she raced against feared her from then on (as well as us guys!). Maybe your "QCCTU" dog had a similar challenge?!
That's fast53T
Jan 30, 2003 7:51 AM
A wowan that can consistantly hit 40 on the flats should train for the match sprint on the track, she has what it takes.
Fast dog. Faster woman story.hppy4u
Jan 30, 2003 11:10 AM
Hey Tig,
In answer to your Greyhound question, here are some facts regarding the breed (might be a little frightening for those who aren't expecting a dog to be able to move so fast):

1. Greyhounds can hit their terminal velocity within 4-5 strides from a standstill.
2. At full tilt each stride is nearly 17-20 feet
3. Top speeds by racing greyhounds have been clocked at 47-50 mph for about a hundred yards (only the Cheetah is faster hitting its terminal velocity within 2-3 strides).
4. Greyhounds are sprinters so they will usually poop out at around 600-1000 this distance the average speed will be around 35-40 mph.

Hope this helps.
That's it?noveread
Jan 30, 2003 12:44 PM
4. Greyhounds are sprinters so they will usually poop out at around 600-1000 this distance the average speed will be around 35-40 mph.

Alas, I wish I could poop out after sprinting for a kilometer at 35-40mph!

and top out at 47-50mphcyclopathic
Jan 30, 2003 12:49 PM
that's sounds like pro material. don't know if I'd like that or VO2max of a horse (~150)
Most racers run on dirt between 28-37 mph.funknuggets
Jan 30, 2003 1:19 PM
I have one, am getting another. I actually timed them on a track and it is weird. On this track, the average times for A grade through D grade equaled out to around to the exact same speed.

They are the absolute coolest animals to own. Mine is not that fast, but occasionally gets out and decides to race the cars on my street. The limit is 30 and lets say it looks like they are jogging. Needless to say, they are very very fast and have created natural banked turns in the corners of my back yard.

I run a touch over a 5 minute mile when hammering and my greyhound is not even trotting,... still walking. When I sprint, I can get him to break stride... but whew... have no fear, however greys shouldnt ever bite.

I hate dogs that live on the top of big hills. He has a bush that he hides behind so you dont know if he is there or not. You just have to hammer over the top regardless...
Most racers run on dirt between 28-37 mph.hppy4u
Jan 30, 2003 2:19 PM
Here's another tidbit of info that amazed me:

An average 70kg human athlete has a heart size similar to a 30kg greyhound, but the greyhound's heart delivers blood at almost twice the rate, beating at 310-340 beats/minute at the gallop, compared to humans at 170.210 beats/minute.

They are definitely very interesting animals. Kind of puts your own physical efforts (or even top athletes' efforts) to shame :-).
Thanks for all the cool info. I'll own a greyhound some dayTig
Jan 31, 2003 8:41 AM
I live 15 minutes from Gulf Greyhound and love to watch them race. Small stake bets are fun, but watching them gracefully run a 5/8 mile race can be an awsome sight. There are plenty of retired racers to adopt, and we'll do thet one day when our current dog passes to that great fire hydrant in the sky. Greyhounds make wonderful, sweet pets.
re: final sprint catalyst: 32 mph dog!cyclopathic
Jan 30, 2003 7:32 AM
I've clocked dog at 35mph. Luckly he didn't last more then a few seconds; must tell those were very very long seconds for me.
How about 20+ for eight miles?Silverback
Jan 30, 2003 7:59 AM
Friend of mine used to have a vizsla, a Hungarian hunting dog, that went with us on short mountain bike rides. He could blow off everybody going uphill, of course, and we took it easy on him coming down. One night it was starting to get dark, so we came down the mountain faster than we usually would with him along. He did the eight-mile descent at an average of better than 20mph, and was dancing around the truck ready for more when we got there. Sucker could haul.
Never met a dog that liked water...noveread
Jan 30, 2003 9:36 AM
I never worry about out-sprinting a dog unless I want to. Dogs hate being sprayed with water. I always have a bottle with water in it.

Some just like to race (NM)MrCelloBoy
Jan 30, 2003 3:48 PM
Next summer go riding with me at Devils LakeKristin
Jan 30, 2003 3:56 PM
I'll introduce you to two dogs along Highway 123 that love water and sprinting and the taste of human flesh. Oh, and bring a hand gun. Mongrils!