Racing without brakes: Daredevil participants ride ingenious tricycles downhill at 40 miles per hour in Indonesia

These daredevils hurtle downhill on traditional wooden tricycles at a speed of almost 40 miles per hour – without brakes.


The race was part of the Indonesian Independence Day celebration on August 17th.

In the incredible footage captured on a drone camera, the riders on ingenious wooden tricycles called Lori charge through a narrow and slanting 300 metre track in Sukabumi as hundreds of people are cheering for them.

Nini Dwin, 20, who participated in the race said: “I love riding the Lori. I had trained myself to ride it. It was a thrilling experience.

“Though I couldn’t make it to the top three, it was so amazing to see everybody cheering for me.”

Loris are made of bamboo and local woods and designed in such a way that the relatively bigger front tyre helps the rider to balance while racing through the down hill outside the town.

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However, as there are no brakes, the participants use feet to control the speed of the Lori but most of them crash when their speeding cycles approach the curves.

Because of the risks involved, the Lori race had lost its charm and was stopped in 2008. However Saputra and his friends decided to organise the sport after nine years with hope for its revival.

A cash prize of £60 was given to the winner from the organising committee and the runner up and the second runner up took home a reward of £45 and £30 respectively.

Riki Saputra, organiser of the race said: “It is a thrilling race and only meant for adventurous people.”

“Riding a Lori needs courage as there are no brakes and participants come downhill at a speed of 40 miles per hour.

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“It is a risky sport but at the same time it is fun. It was stopped in 2008 but we wanted to revive it for youth. We are happy that people participated in the sport and enjoyed the thrilling race.

“It is our heritage sport and we want more people to participate in it so that we can pass it on to our future generations,” he added.