I know you’re thinking, “what’s a tracasset?” Good question. When I look it up in my French dictionary app, it’s not there. Which means I get to try to define it for you based on my experience last Saturday. In my not-so-expert opinion, a tracasset is a cross between a tricycle and a tractor. In Switzerland, it is also decorated elaborately with 1-3 people riding on it.
One of my friends heard about this event from his officemate. Otherwise, I don’t know how we would have ever known. I saw no publications about it, and I didn’t hear one other person mention it. We didn’t know what to expect, but the website informed us it was the 19th race. (Apparently, they are held every two years.) Basically, these tracassets race through the narrow paths in the vineyards – mostly between stone walls. There is a set course, they race one at a time, and they are timed for speed. When they get to the finish, the announcers inform the crowd of their time and their current ranking. There are prizes for the fastest, but there are also prizes for the most creatively decorated tracassets, so a few of them were clearly not going for speed.
I’m going to stop trying to explain what we saw and let you experience the event via pictures. It was yet another ridiculous Swiss activity that is hard to explain. Hope you get a sense of the hilarity.
[Spring has sprung, and it’s breath-taking!]
[Can you believe the number of people here for such a random, unpublicized event?!]
[The mammoth from the movie “Ice Age” was so slow that the crowd starting cheering, “Mamoot! Mamoot! Mamoot!” (French for ‘mammoth’ to encourage him up the hill.]