Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist

It's no mountain goat - but creature has impressive turn of speed

by Simon_MacMichael   July 31, 2014  

Man vs Sheep YouTube still

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It's not unusual for some of the peloton's top climbers to be referred to as 'mountain goats,' but here's something we haven't seen before - a sheep outpacing a rider on an ascent, and from a standing start too.

The rider posted it to YouTube under user name PeowPeowPeowLasers, with the briefest of descriptions - "I had a race with a sheep and lost."

Given there hardly seemed to be a sheep in Yorkshire during the Tour de France Grand Depart weekend that hadn't been dyed yellow or green or been dappled with red polka dots,maybe our wooly friend was entitled to make a run for it as a bicycled came into sight?

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I visited Wast water in 1990 and was butted by a sheep.

posted by IanW1968 [207 posts]
1st August 2014 - 6:11

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Without knowing anything about the rider (or the effort) in question, I don't think it's too much of an amazing event that 'something goes faster than rider'. I'd be suprised if a sheep could keep up with Quintana on the Alpe at a race-pace effort, but 'bloke rides slower than something else' isn't particularly earth-shattering... Wink

posted by andyp [1073 posts]
1st August 2014 - 7:08

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Blatantly taking Sheep - P - O....

Sorry couldnt resist

posted by andycoventry [120 posts]
1st August 2014 - 7:23

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I've cycled through a field of sheep (public cycle path before anyone gets righteously indignant) and when they flock they run right into your path and in front of you. They are truly the world's dumbest animals.

Run AWAY, sheeps, run AWAY!

posted by truffy [529 posts]
1st August 2014 - 8:18

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I'm from Aberdeen. I wouldn't have let the sheep get away.

posted by bamilton wackad... [51 posts]
1st August 2014 - 8:51

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Does anyone know where the road is? Looks glorious

posted by bamilton wackad... [51 posts]
1st August 2014 - 8:52

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Sheep are pray animals, this one thought it was on the menu hence the running away as fast as it could, it was scared. ill advised "pursuing it" for lack of a better word, as someone mentioned as the are dumb animals and it could have turned across in from of the cyclist causing a crash, never mind the fact the chasing it could have cause it to abort it's lamb if it was female and pregnant.

posted by robgeje [5 posts]
1st August 2014 - 9:11

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WOW - either at how out of tune my sarcasm detector is, or at a lot of the comments.

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posted by koko56 [334 posts]
1st August 2014 - 9:32

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Did the sheep post his time on Strava?

posted by Mias_dad [2 posts]
1st August 2014 - 9:51

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EWE - P - O usage if ever I saw it ... Smile

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posted by therevokid [767 posts]
1st August 2014 - 10:05

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Definitely on some baaa-nned substance...

posted by farrell [1580 posts]
1st August 2014 - 10:17

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Mias_dad wrote:
Did the sheep post his time on Strava?

Baaaava

posted by bamilton wackad... [51 posts]
1st August 2014 - 10:31

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Regulation outraged comment. Check.

posted by scottydug [17 posts]
1st August 2014 - 11:26

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Regulation people not grasping potential seriousness of situation. Tick.

posted by andyp [1073 posts]
1st August 2014 - 11:42

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I've had a fox run off from me whilst i've been cycling into work for earlies, they can shift when spooked.

Love the soundtrack as well. Applause

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
1st August 2014 - 11:58

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Think he was training for next years RAAM....

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posted by The _Kaner [498 posts]
1st August 2014 - 12:12

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Looks like the road down from Wasdale Head to me. A fabulous place to go for a ride.

Those Herdwicks are very fit! Rolling On The Floor

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [264 posts]
1st August 2014 - 12:32

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People are worried about the sheep's safety even though it wasn't in hi-viz like those sensible and responsible Yorkshire sheep?!

posted by Nixster [108 posts]
1st August 2014 - 13:09

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Woolly Derny!

Pace cycling just got a lot more environmentally friendly... There may be mutton in the musette bags depending on how this turns out.

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posted by thesaladdays [44 posts]
1st August 2014 - 13:52

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coming second after a sheep

yea we've all done it

posted by gazza_d [271 posts]
1st August 2014 - 14:45

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Andy G wrote:
That's appalling behaviour, the farmer would have every right to be extremely annoyed and take action against the cyclist for stressing the animal like that. Would have been very easy for the sheep to suddenly turn and for the cyclist to crash into it or for the sheep to be driven into a car coming the other way. The cyclist should have slowed right down as soon as the sheep came into sight, you have absolutely no idea what that animal is going to do or where it is going to run. It would be very easy for the sheep to take the cyclist out and very easy for the cyclist to severely injure the animal and the farmer's income.

The sheep loll around on the roads all the time at Wasdale Head (and pretty much everywhere else in the region), and have to contend with much bigger and faster things, much more frequently than the odd cyclist. Also, the cyclist keeps a reasonable distance.

Also also, I believe most of the money in keeping Herdwicks comes from a pot that Beatrix Potter left some time ago. She liked them. Their wool is apparently worthless, and I don't think they're used much for meat.

If you spend any time walking/driving/cycling around Wasdale, you get used to the Herdwicks as a pretty common feature of the fells. They're more-or-less left to their own devices (which is why they're rambling around on a public road in the video, and not in a field), and they're generally very inquisitive and friendly.

I think it's worth viewing with that in mind. The Herdwicks are the residents of the fells, rather than a constantly monitored cash source for a given farmer. Given that the cyclist wasn't in dangerously close proximity at any point in the video, I think it's safe to view it as lightheartedly as it first appears.

posted by Quince [204 posts]
1st August 2014 - 15:11

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bamilton wackademical wrote:
Does anyone know where the road is? Looks glorious

Well it wasn't in Wales as the sheep never had lipstick on!!

Chadders x

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posted by chadders [75 posts]
1st August 2014 - 15:13

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To anyone who lives more than a mile from Starbucks this is a pretty normal experience. But the choice of musical accompaniment was inspired .....

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posted by mike the bike [182 posts]
1st August 2014 - 16:56

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robgeje wrote:
Sheep are pray animals, this one thought it was on the menu hence the running away as fast as it could, it was scared. ill advised "pursuing it" for lack of a better word, as someone mentioned as the are dumb animals and it could have turned across in from of the cyclist causing a crash, never mind the fact the chasing it could have cause it to abort it's lamb if it was female and pregnant.

Oh goodness no!

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posted by snifter83 [12 posts]
1st August 2014 - 20:30

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Very odd place to cycle as Wasdale's a dead end valley.

Agree with the comments about animal welfare. Sheep are bonkers and I tend to slow and let them off the road. In the past I've been attacked by a squirrel in Hertfordshire, hit by a pheasant in Lancashire: it whacked me in the ribs, span between my arms and the top bar and flew off unscathed. Weasels, snakes, low flying barn owls. ..Early morning summer rides are risky.

Only 2 days ago in Snowdonia I thought "What the f*** is that skittering across the road in front of me? A massive black caterpillar the size of a jumbo banger ?' It turned out to be a mole with a death wish! I think I missed it...At least I didn't find bisected mole in the back brake. I don't know who was more surprised - me - or the driver behind me who also had to swerve to avoid running over it.

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
1st August 2014 - 22:33

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Every morning on my bridleway commute I get this. The trick I have developed is to move slowly to one side of the track behind them and then cut quickly to the opposite side. Sheep have good peripheral vision [prey animals] so the sudden disappearance from view on one side usually causes them to execute an escape onto the opposite verge...works a treat 8 or 9 times out of 10.

posted by Hasis [37 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 9:14

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It's a shame the one I encountered in the Scottish Borders when I lived there didn't have the same turn of speed.

I hit it side on at about 25kph, went over the handle bars and skidded along the verge. As I looked up dazed and muddy I had a vivid image of it trotting back up the side of the hill from whence it came.

D Oh

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posted by Toofarhome [1 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 13:11

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MercuryOne wrote:
Very odd place to cycle as Wasdale's a dead end valley.
In the past I've been attacked by a squirrel in Hertfordshire,

I can't resist... did it go for your nuts? Big Grin

posted by Beatnik69 [153 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 14:19

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I'm pretty certain it is Wasdale in West Cumbria.

posted by Pdjohnson [2 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 21:46

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The music is awesome!... Smile

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 23:29

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