I’m starting to train for RAGBRAI and I seem to run across dogs on every single training route I try. I am lucky enough to be in a rural area, so most of my riding is cornfields and I encounter very little vehicular traffic. But there are quite a few farm dogs who aren’t fenced or restrained at all and have been chasing me. It’s surprising how fast they are! The houses are set back from the road quite a ways, so the dogs see me coming early and have plenty of time to charge the road at me – I really have to kick into high gear to outrun them. My biggest concern is that the dog will lunge at me and we’ll both end up injured as I crash at 25 or 30mph trying to outrun the dog. I haven’t had a close call yet, but I worry that time will come.
Any tips? Do dogs typically lunge or jump at a bike going full speed, or are they more likely to run along side and bark?
Should I just stop, dismount, remove the temptation for the dog to chase a fast moving object and then continue out of sight of the dog? Or will I get eaten by doing that? I’ve been carrying pepperspray with me in case I have a nasty confrontation. I’m a dog lover – I’d hate to do that.