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Monday, 10 March 2008

Saigon Cyclo Challenge

Saturday the 8th of March was the Annual Saigon Cyclo Challenge, a fund raising event for Saigon Childrens Charity held at the Taipai International School. As you'd expect it's a cyclo race sponsored by foreign and local companies with employees taking part.

Cyclo comes a cropper

It's not as easy as it looks and some of the participants take it very seriously. As well as prizes for winning races there's tough competition to win the Best Cheerleader competition. They strutted their stuff in the opening parade.

Cyclo Paraders

Stilts were very popular, traditional dress and more modern interpretations were on show.

Bulls on stilts

I didn't see any of them fall.

The bulls shoogled their buttocks:

Bull Bums

The cheerleader leader lead the cheering with inexhaustible enthusiasm

Cheerleader Leader

The girls from Catwalk dressed like cats

Cat woman

and walked

The Wrong Shoes

it was clearly hard on the feet.


Other girls from I don't know where dressed in gold tutus and tails and also walked in inappropriate footwear.

Footwear worries

I couldn't work out the significance of the tiger and grass skirt combo

Tiger and grass skirt combo

but it was all for charity so I can't be too critical.

I tried and failed to get a good picture of the professional cyclo drivers but they were too fast for me.

Professional Race

A good day and the unseasonal rain stayed off until the last race.

If I've got it right clicking on the title of this post should take you to Saigon Children's Charity site where you can see what it was all in aid of and see much better photographs of the day taken by a man in a pith helmet.

Photographer in Pith Helmet

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