Canicross Trailrunners

Guidelines: Equipment, Racing, Bike-joring                    

and Age Categories


Bike-joring and Age


This is the discipline of one dog and a cyclist, linked together using appropriate equipment (as defined in the Canicross section), performing together, the same physical effort on a marked course. 

In order to participate in bike-jöring, the following is compulsory:

A harness for the dog, a line attached to the bike, leaving a stretch (2.50 m max. extension measured from the stem of the bike), helmet and gloves, the race number tag clearly visible on the handlebars.

Highly recommended:

A bicycle equipped with a bike-jor adapter at the front and the use of protective eye wear.

Strictly forbidden:

Bikes with metal fenders and side clips such as a "Springer"

The use of personal stereos, MP3 players or any electronic device with headphones etc that impairs the ability to hear marshals or other runners is strictly forbidden. Anyone using such a device will be asked to refrain immediately or be disqualified.

In all circumstances, the following are strictly prohibited: the use of a choke collar and a pinch collar, flexi leads and any device that could injure or frighten dogs.

The age limit is 15 years minimum unless there is an exception agreed in advance of the event.

The categories are: Men (aged 15 and over) - Women (aged 15 and over).



Dogs must wear a suitable harness and be attached to their handler by a line containing some bungee to act as a shock absorber.

Lines must not be longer than 2 meters when fully extended. 

A waist belt is strongly recommended for handlers.

No head collars, choke chains or flexi leads are permitted.

Muzzles may be used but they must be the open, basket type, through which dogs can drink and take treats.

Runners are not allowed to wear shoes that could be dangerous for dogs. Shoes with metal spikes are strictly forbidden. “Orienteering shoes” are acceptable.

Whilst race organisers will make every effort to provide water on site, Canicrossers are ultimately responsible for providing water for their dogs at all times.

Exceptions may be granted in regard to the above equipment requirements if a competitor is learning how to canicross (debut), then a hand-held leash and flat (classic) collar will be accepted.  The competitor must make this known at registration; exceptions are at the discretion of the Race director.

If required, suitable equipment can be loaned by the race organisers for a race, on payment of a deposit (ID).  The request must be made at least 1 hour before the start of the race.



Only Senior competitors will be permitted to race with two dogs. Racing with more than two dogs is not permitted.

Canicrossers must do their utmost to ensure that their dogs do not interfere with other runners or dogs.

If a Race Marshal determines that a handler’s conduct at any time in the race area or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that runner shall be disqualified. This includes prior to, during, and after the event.

Abuse of dogs, both physical and verbal is prohibited. If a handler, in the opinion of the Race Marshal abuses a dog, that runner will be disqualified and may result in having their membership revoked.

If a dog becomes unfit or refuses to advance for any reason, the competitor is not permitted to finish the race. They must remain where they are and wait to be picked up by the event sweeper and advise a marshal as soon as possible if the dog is need of urgent attention.)

It is deemed acceptable for your dog to be behind on downhill or on technical sections of a route.

When overtaking, the advancing canicrosser must shout ‘Trail’ or ‘Runner behind’ to warn the runner in front of their intentions.

The canicrosser who is being overtaken must assume responsibility to ensure that their dogs are to one side of the track and do not interfere with the runner going past.

It is recommended that canicrossers who have dogs who are worried by other canines should allow plenty of space for their dogs, especially at the start of the race, to alleviate any undue stress. 

At all events an on call vet will be organised in advance and their name, emergency phone number, address, postcode and directions from the race to the vets will be displayed in a prominent position for the duration of the event.  Competitors should familiarise themselves with this information on arrival at the event.

All canicrossers should show their fellow competitors and their dogs respect at all times and should not use the misfortune of another to unfairly gain an advantage. Additionally, if a runner or a dog is in distress, ALL competitors have a duty to assist if reasonably and safely able to do so.

The use of personal stereos, MP3 players or any electronic device with headphones etc that impairs the ability to hear marshals or other runners is strictly forbidden. Anyone using such a device will be asked to refrain immediately or be disqualified.

See also: Equipment, Canicross Distances; Registration; Accidents and Responsibilities;
Distances and Temperatures; Dogs. CLICK HEREGuidelines_Canicross_Distances,_Registration,_Accidents_and_Responsibilities,_Distances_and_Temperatures,_Dogs.html