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Rome’s 2762nd Birthday Chariot Race

look-out-for-the-turnsYesterday was the Italian city of Rome’s 2762nd birthday, appropriately commemorated with a proper chariot race in the Circus Maximus.

From eternallycool.net:

A patriotic group of bikers sporting giallo e rosso (yellow and red) athletic gear cleverly transformed their bicycles into race horses that pulled bigas, or two-wheeled chariots, manned by enthusiastic charioteers. While ancient Roman chariot teams were divided by color into the greens, the blues, the whites, and the yellows, these modern day Ben-Hurs formed two teams distinguished by their headgear–the helmet heads and the brush heads. Eager for a bit of Sunday-morning competition, they lined up at one end of the Circus and at the signal, the race for glory and fame began!

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3 Comments

  1. Ghost RiderApril 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Screw cyclocross, polo, soccer and all that other jazz…the future is bicycle CHARIOT RACING! How awesome is that?

  2. TerryApril 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

    those chariots need TWO “horses”

  3. velomanicApril 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Wheres the spears & nets? that would make it even more fun.

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