"Whoaaaaa" was my involentary response at the weekend as two dogs charged out of nowhere seemingly intent on samplying some of Elland's finest skinny white leg! I was riding on the little road between Booth Wood reservoir at Rishworth and Ringstone Edge reservoir near Barkisland when two big dogs, one big, the other BIGGER! chased after me, no human owner in sight. I couldn't outrun them as they were nearly on me before I heard them and I was knackered from winching up the valley side.
I didn't know what to do really, so i did nothing. Kept my pedals level so there wasn't one ankle easier to eat than the other, and slowly rode on being careful not to make eye contact with them. After about 200 yards they got bored and ran off back across the moor to their day jobs of guarding the gates of hell.
Relieved to get away not biten but increasingly angry to have been put in that situation. If I'd been out riding with my wife and kid it could have been really bad.
Has anyone else experienced problems with mad dogs in that area? What do you think is the best thing to do when chased by dogs is? I think I more or less did the right thing because I didn't get biten. Maybe I should have called the cops and reported it.