Camels Compete Against Oxen In Bavarian Race

That Time the Oxen Raced Against the Camels. In Germany.

A traditional Bavarian sport gets a bump.

Last week, in the Bavarian town of Taufkirchen, about 20 minutes south of Munich, an old sport got a new look. Ox races are traditional in this part of Germany. In fact, every four years, a nearby town hosts a large ox race; in 2016, some 10,000 people showed up to watch. But when a local group tried to organize an ox race to mark its 125th anniversary, they couldn't corral enough race-ready cattle. How did the organizers get over the hump? They brought in camels, naturally.

ACTION-PACKED Philipp Guelland/Getty Images ACTION-PACKED And so on May 10, 2018, a dozen animals and their riders competed in the 100-meter-long race. Eight oxen and four camels galloped for the gold ... but it wasn't always smooth sailing. Here, one camel throws its helmeted rider. GIT ALONG, LITTLE DOGIE Philipp Guelland/Getty Images GIT ALONG, LITTLE DOGIE Traditional Bavarian clothes — lederhosen for men, and dirndls for women — are common at ox races. Camels, less so. KAMELRENNEN Philipp Guelland/Getty Images KAMELRENNEN These ox races are reported to be the first in which camels have competed. BIG WINNER Philipp Guelland/Getty Images BIG WINNER Maxl, a winner at this year's races, receives a congratulatory snout-rub.