An Up Close and Slow-Motion Look at the 2024 Cheese Rolling Competition

Every May in Gloucester, UK, people gather at Cooper's Hill to chase a seven-pound wheel of cheese down the very steep slope. It's less a race than an experiment in energetic falling, and there are always injuries of some sort. The first person to the bottom wins the cheese, although they've given up on letting everyone do it at once, and the women's division is now separate. We've covered the Cheese Rolling a few times, but now we get to see the 2024 race in a new way. Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free, the Slow Mo Guys (previously at Neatorama), were there to capture the mayhem on their high-speed camera in order to show us the race in slow motion.

If you're in a hurry, the race heats start at about two minutes in. After several heats, we get the glorious high-definition slow-motion footage of the carnage at about 5:45, which results in perfectly clear stills of uncontrolled bodies flying every which way. Ouch. -via Laughing Squid


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