Corrida de bicicletas de carga…

Svajerløb 2009 – Danish Cargo Bike Championships from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

The first ‘svajer’ race in Copenhagen for almost 50 years.

‘Svajere’ were the bike messengers that ruled the streets of Copenhagen for decades in the first half of the 20th century, riding their huge box bikes and livening up the streets with singing, whistling and banter.

This year, the Svajer race was revived – aka The Danish Cargo Bike Championships.

It was a fantastic day out. My son [aged 7] shot the shaky video and I supplied the stills. The first song is a 1930’s tribute to these ‘svajere’ – asphalt cowboys, they were called – and the second song is from the 1970’s where Povl Kjeller sings about how happy he is about his bike.

Learn more here.

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