Office Chair Racing

Office Chair Racing, Stoleræs, Valby Bakke, Photography by Matthew James, sport fotograf, sport photography

The Odense Predators, dressed as giant chickens, lead the way in one of the heats prior to the semi-finals.

The Office Chair Racing Championships returned to Copenhagen yesterday, as 24 brave – or crazy – men hurtled down the city’s steepest and longest hill, Valby Bakke.

This year’s winner, Celli Shenar, aged 39, lifted the trophy for a second year in a row, after facing off fierce competition from his younger rivals.

“I was a little worried when I was told that most of the contestants were 19 or 20 years old,” he said.

“There were a few quick ones this year, so I thought the speed was going to be a little bit faster, and it certainly was. I really felt the competition.”

Office Chair Racing, Stoleræs, Valby Bakke, Photography by Matthew James, sport fotograf, sport photography

The teams speed towards the bottom of Valby Bakke, the only hill in Copenhagen.

Each heat consisted of two teams of three individuals, with the first three to cross the line making it through to the semi-finals. The event was also used to raise funds for the Danish charity Dansk Flytningehjælp, which raises money for refugees from, amongst others, war-torn countries.

“The race is a fun thing and I think that when you combine it with a good cause you have a very good mixture,” continued Celli.

“Some people do get hurt, but I think that’s also part of the fun.”

Office Chair Racing, Stoleræs, Valby Bakke, Photography by Matthew James, sport fotograf, sport photography

Dressed as a monk, this rider fails to stay on his chair as he smashes in to a hay bale in the middle of the course.

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