Cycling Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For dog owners with well-behaved leash dogs, cycling can be one of the best types of exercise the two of you can do together. The breeze of movement helps to keep you cool, it works significant portions of your body (let alone theirs), allows you both to see more scenery than jogging would, and also has the added benefit of being able to cover larger distances. And in a sense, dogs aren’t all that much unlike bikes to begin with. They can both be measured in stride (or gear ratio), general build, aerodynamics, effort, and look, and they’re both about as reliable as you can get. So if you’re a fan of cycling, why not give your dog a cycling-inspired name that pays tribute to their personality as well as one of your favorite activities?

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Cycling Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to pick out an appropriate cycling-themed name, there are a few important things you should consider. First, think about your dog’s strongest and most apparent traits, then use that as a basis for connecting them to a lifelong title. Second, consider if you’re more apt to name them after a great, or merely more generic term that captures their persona.

For instance, if you choose to go with a cycling legend, you can make easy associations with breed type alone. For Belgian breeds, like Brussels Griffons or Schipperkes, the names Eddy and Merckx would be appropriate. For French breeds, such as Poodles or the Dogue de Bordeaux, the names Hinault, Jacques, and Anquetil would all be good choices. For Italian breeds, like (and especially) Greyhounds and Mastiffs, the names Gino, Bartali, Fausto and Coppi would all be great selections. 

But if you want to get a bit more creative, you’ll have to think outside the peloton. There are plenty of cycling terms that could potentially apply to your pooch as well. For instance, if your dog is particularly streamlined in look, Aero would be a good name. For a dog that constantly runs into things, Bonk would be an apt pick. For a dog that likes to rear up on its hind legs, Wheelie would be the perfect fit. 

There are a ton of ways to go, so don’t be shy about digging into our list or perusing a glossary of cycling jargon, list of famous cyclists or even just a list of popular racing bikes.

Male Cycling Inspired Dog Names

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Eddy
After Eddy Merckx, nicknamed "The Cannibal" for how effortlessly he ate up his competition
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Merckx
After Eddy Merckx, who won numerous Tour de Frances and remains the most decorated cyclist of all time
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Fausto
After Fausto Coppi, who despite WWII still claimed seven Grand Tour victories
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Indurian
After Miguel Indurain, one of the greatest time trials cyclists of all time
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Alfredo
After Alfredo Binda, five-time Giro d'Italia winner
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Lance
After Lance Armstrong, who, despite recent events, was still a solid cyclist
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Gino
After Gino Bartali, three-time Giro winner and two-time Tour winner
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Contador
After Alberto Contador, one of few to win all three Grand Tours
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LeMond
After Greg LeMond, the first and only American to win the Tour de France
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Voigt
After Jens Voigt, mostly known for his style and ability to push hard no matter what
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Cavendish
After Mark Cavendish, who owns 48 stage victories in Grand Tours
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Burton
After Beryl Burton, who dominated women's cycling during her long tenure
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Boonen
After Tom Boonen, one of the best Classics riders ever
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Froome
After Christopher Froome, who won multiple Grand Tour events
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Louison
After Louison Bobet, the first rider to win three consecutive Tour de France events
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Aero
Short for aerodynamic, used to describe and design gear
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Clunker
AKA a beater, a bike that has seen better days but still functions
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Clydesdale
A weight class for men over 220 pounds
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Crank
The arm piece that connects the pedals to the chain rings
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Endo
Flipping over the handlebars
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Fender
The wheel guard that helps prevent spray from the road
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Hammer
Pedaling hard in the largest gears, which generate the most power
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Hub
The centralized cylinder the wheel spins around
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Peloton
The largest pack or conglomeration of riders during a road race
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Roadie
A road bike
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Schrader
A type of air valve used on bike tubes and tires
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Spokes
The wire rods that connect the hub to the rim
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Steed
A well-tuned bike
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Watt
The unit of measurement for power
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Gravel
A type of off-road bike that's gaining popularity

Female Cycling Inspired Dog Names

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Hinault
After Bernard Hinault, "The Badger", a five-time Tour de France winner
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Coppi
After Fausto Coppi, who won tons of Tours and one-day Classics alike
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Anquetil
After Jacques Anquetil, the first person to win the Tour de France five times
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Binda
After Alfredo Binda, who was largely forgotten due to his neutral stance in a highly political time period
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Bartali
After Gino Bartali, who won 24 Classics
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Cipollini
After Mario Cipollini, The Lion King of France, a versatile and highly-accomplished cyclist
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Sagan
After Peter Sagan, one of the youngest and most talented modern riders
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Felice
After Felice Gimondi, who is one of only three to win the three Grand Tours plus World Road and Paris Roubaix
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Gimondi
After Felice Gimondi, who during his tenure won just about every type of race he entered
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Vos
After Marianne Vos, the greatest female cyclist of all time
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Beryl
After Beryl Burton, who won seven world titles and 96 national British titles
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Cancellara
After Fabian Cancellara, who rivals Boonen for one of the greatest Classics riders ever
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Bobet
After Louison Bobet, who won four out of five cycling monuments
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Moser
After Francesco Moser, one of the most dominant Italian riders for a decade
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Joop
After Joop Zoetemelk, who despite facing some of the best in the world, still placed in numerous major events
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Athena
A weight class for women over 165 pounds
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Randonée
French for excursion, aka bike packing
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Bonk
Running into a wall
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Bunny
As in bunny hop, pulling the bike up to hop an obstacle
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Cadence
The rhythm and efficiency of a ride
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Cassette
The set of sprockets and gears
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Century
A 100-mile race or ride
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Chaser
Those trying to catch the lead rider
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Fixie
A fixed-gear bike
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Granny
As in Granny Gear, the lowest gear ratio possible
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Kit
A complete cycling outfit
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Pannier
A container attached to a bike used for cargo
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Presta
A type of air valve used on bike tires/tubes
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Saddle
A bike's seat
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Wheelie
A bike trick where the rider pulls the bike solely on the back wheel and balances while riding

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