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Brits pull chariots to beat the winter blues

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:11

Jan. 13 - 15 teams battle it out in the epic World Mountain Bike Chariot Racing Championships. Elly Park reports.

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In a small town in the heart of Wales an ancient Roman tradition is still alive. For the sixth time Llanwrtyd Wells is hosting the World Mountain Bike Chariot Racing Championships to beat the winter blues says organizer Lindsay Ketteringham. SOUNDBITE: Organizer Of World Mountain Bike Chariot Racing Championships, Lindsay Ketteringham, saying (English) "It's January, there's nothing else going on, Christmas is over, New Year is over, so it's nice just to have something to go out and have some fun." Unlike ancients times, the chariots are each powered by two humans who play the part of horses. They pull along a charioteer in a rubber barrel who shouts out commands. Different teams have different tactics to win the three quarter of a mile race. SOUNDBITE: Team of Unknown Competitors saying (English) "Try not to have any mechanical failures or go over around corners, is the main technique." SOUNDBITE: Team of Unknown Competitors saying (English) "Don't lean into the corners too much, you don't want to tip the chariot over so you sort of lean to the opposite side. In the end Velo Bici, a team from Bristol, won the competition ... and they insist it was their big afro wigs that gave them the strength to succeed.

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Brits pull chariots to beat the winter blues

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:11