15 teams battle it out in the epic World Mountain Bike Chariot Racing Championships. Elly Park reports.
REPORTER: 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.
LINDSAY KETTERINGHAM: "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."
REPORTER: But unlike ancient 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. And different teams have different tactics to win the three-quarter-of-a-mile race.
MALE COMPETITOR: "Try not to have any mechanical failures or go over around corners, I think is the main technique."
FEMALE COMPETITOR: "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.
REPORTER: 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.