Horse or Bike Race - Central Asian Activities
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Horse/Bike Race

Bike race
Kids with challenges ride special bikes
(Wheels to Succeed)

As you can see from reading the Alpamysh, horse racing was a big part of Central Asian culture. You probably don't have horses to ride, but you could have bike races and get some of the same feeling. Find a public racetrack in your neighborhood and use that for your bike race.

There are lots of different ways to organize a bike race. You could just all start at the same time and see who gets around the track fastest. Or you could organize a relay race, or a race where you have to bike around once and then run around once. What will you use for prizes?

In Central Asian culture, people held bike races because they wanted their kids to know how to ride well when they grew up. Today, knowing how to ride a bike well is also a useful skill, and these races will help you to ride better, just as the Central Asian races helped kids a long time ago.

Central Asian board games
Learn by Doing - Central Asian games

Bibliography and further reading:

Central Asia projects:

- Archery
- Felt-making
- Yogurt-making
- Horse race (or bicycle race)
-Debate about the Mongols

A Day in Central Asia
More about Central Asia
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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