On our regular Tues/Thurs night ride there are 3 dogs at the top of pretty nasty hill towards the end of our 30 mile ride. When folks feel spirited we "race" to the top of this 1/2 mile climb. Two of the dogs are small yappers that run along the road but don't come out in the road.
The third dog is a large black mix that hides in the brush along the road and darts out onto the road. We all know they are there and watch for them. However the black dog has been missing for about a month so we thought a car had already taken him out.
Thursday night my very good friend who is 56- who has become the top rider in our area --was taken down when the black dog surprised us and ran out and broadsided him. He had no time to react to the dog.
My friend went down hard and probably has a broken collarbone along with road rash and a busted helmet. He was riding the best he has ever ridden-and he has been riding for years, leading his age group and setting track records at the TT's and doing PR's in centuries we do from year to year.
What a bummer. Needless to say either Animal control is going to take care of the dog or it will be gone....