Thousands gather for traditional ox racing in Bavaria

Every four years, the Bavarian town of Hanshaufen is home to the jolly traditional competition ox racing.

On Sunday, August 27th thousands gathered, many dressed in classic Bavarian garb including dirndl dresses and lederhosen, for the competition which has been taking place since 1983.

Sixteen competitors took part this year, including a female rider for the very first time.

The big lumbering beasts can move fast and it isn't unlikely to see riders falling off their oxen or barely holding onto the saddle as they cross the finish line.

Winner Adam Josef said that there was no technique to coming out with the trophy, only luck.

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Farmer Josef Adam rides on an ox called Moritz during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Stefan Steigenberger rides on an ox called Josef while Marlis Kergl rides on an ox called Seppi while taking part in a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Marlis Kergl rides on an ox called Seppi during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmers ride on oxen during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Peter Ginter rides on an ox called Bartl during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Marlis Kergl rides on an ox called Seppi during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Martin Weis rides on an ox called Boateng der Durstige during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Peter Ginter rides on an ox called Bartl during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Peter Ginter rides on an ox called Bartl during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Farmer Peter Ginter rides on an ox called Bartl during a traditional ox race in the southern Bavarian village of Haunshofen near Lake Starnberg, Germany August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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