Hang on to that hump!

You know how fast a camel can move? Nope. 40 miles per hour!

Can you name a major camel race? No sir, “The Camel Cup” is not in fact a level in Mario Kart. It is one of the biggest camel races down under in Australia.

Camel racing is a huge sport in a handful of middle eastern nations (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and a few others).

 

Top land speed. Racing camels can hit top speeds of 40 mph on a sprint, with sustained speeds coming in at around half that rate. According to the BBC, the average land speed of a racehorse hasn’t much changed in half a century. On the other hand, the land speed of a racing camel has increased by 30% over the same period.

Child Jockeys. Camel racing in the Middle East has had its share of scandal. Young children have been bussed in for years and years, and forced to jockey camels for sport. Their light weight made them ideal for the sport. But the trafficking of the children, and the abusive conditions forced the entire global sport to reevaluate their approach. Child jockeys are now banned from the sport. They’ve been replaced by… robots.

Robot Jockeys. About the size of a milk jug, with a radio transponder, and a remote controlled whip – “Robot Jockeys” have taken the place of humanoid jockeys upon racing camels. During the race, race camel owners speed along a road parallel to the racetrack, shouting commands into their receiver, and broadcasting it strait to the camel through a speaker system on the robot. If their camel needs to pick up the pace, he has a robot whip he can control with the push of a button.

Camel owners dress their robot jockeys in jockey disguises… for some reason. So, we’ve got gigantic, awkward, drooling camels careening down the track at racehorse speeds, with tiny robots wearing tiny jockey hats strapped to their humps. Yeah, sounds totally normal.

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