Gloucester, England - These downhill racers have no need for snow. After all, Gloucester, England is not known as a destination for Alpine skiers. But, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens, Gloucester is well known for its annual Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling Competition.
Participants from localities nearby and throughout the U.K. have been rolling cheese wheels down the hill’s 45 degree slope for centuries. In recent years, however, the race -- complete with tumblers rolling trippingly downhill -- has attracted competitors from all over the world. This year, it was rough rolling for a goodly number of them, much to the delight of thousands of spectators. The winner of this year’s cheesy race was 21-year-old Mark Kit from Toronto, Canada who says he’s been fascinated by the event since he first saw videos of the cheese rollers when he was a kid.