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

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?

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 1 year ago
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Beautiful road, pretty dumb to chase the sheep.

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Him Up North [235 posts] 1 year ago
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That's a Cumbrian sheep so has nothing to fear from Grand Depart Disease (the video is shot around Wast Water according to the comments).

And I don't think the sheep was being actively pursued. It just took off and showed the cyclist a clean pair of heels. I mean hooves.

Great music btw!

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earth [290 posts] 1 year ago
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If this sheep lives in Yorkshire it will be well trained in running from Yorkshire men.
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Quince [382 posts] 1 year ago
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I was in that exact spot last week, though sadly bikeless. If only I'd known there were such worthy/woolly adversaries, I may have come better prepared. The local Herdwicks certainly have their charm.

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bikebot [1919 posts] 1 year ago
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Dear Sir

I must protest at your failure to include a "ewe-tube" pun in the title of this story. Please consider those of us that appreciate such groan worthy humour in the future.

Kind regards.

P.S. None the less, a great change to see a nice video. Still needs more cake.

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Andy G [26 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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Matt eaton [742 posts] 1 year ago
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I had a very similar experience to this with a badger. They look funny when they run.

Come to think of it I also had a similar experience with a deer when I was in the car. Who knew that there were all these animals out there just waiting for someone to race.

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BrokenBootneck [130 posts] 1 year ago
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Would the sheep have still won if it hadn't gone "aero"?

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [380 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm pretty sure that sheep was doping.

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tomturcan [66 posts] 1 year ago
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Merino sheep...be afraid!

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IanW1968 [271 posts] 1 year ago
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I visited Wast water in 1990 and was butted by a sheep.

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andyp [1448 posts] 1 year ago
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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...  3

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andycoventry [110 posts] 1 year ago
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Blatantly taking Sheep - P - O....

Sorry couldnt resist

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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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!

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bamilton wackad... [64 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm from Aberdeen. I wouldn't have let the sheep get away.

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bamilton wackad... [64 posts] 1 year ago
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Does anyone know where the road is? Looks glorious

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robgeje [8 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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koko56 [330 posts] 1 year ago
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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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Mias_dad [3 posts] 1 year ago
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Did the sheep post his time on Strava?

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therevokid [948 posts] 1 year ago
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EWE - P - O usage if ever I saw it ...  1

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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Definitely on some baaa-nned substance...

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bamilton wackad... [64 posts] 1 year ago
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Mias_dad wrote:

Did the sheep post his time on Strava?

Baaaava

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scottydug [18 posts] 1 year ago
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Regulation outraged comment. Check.

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andyp [1448 posts] 1 year ago
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Regulation people not grasping potential seriousness of situation. Tick.

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AWPeleton [3313 posts] 1 year ago
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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.  41

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The _Kaner [770 posts] 1 year ago
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Think he was training for next years RAAM....

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 1 year ago
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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!  24

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Nixster [305 posts] 1 year ago
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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?!

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thesaladdays [105 posts] 1 year ago
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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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gazza_d [459 posts] 1 year ago
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coming second after a sheep

yea we've all done it

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