SI: How do the bikes stay submerged?
Green: We fill the frames with lead and put water in the tires. Competitors wear leaded belts to check their buoyancy.
SI: How fast do the cyclists go?
Green: Very fast, considering. The best can complete 120 yards in under two minutes.
SI: How often do bog bikers drown?
Green: We haven't lost anyone yet. There are some dangerous things in the bog, though: water scorpions, newts....
SI: Are newts dangerous?
Green: Not especially.
SI: Is the human-equine gap narrowing any in the Man versus Horse race?
Green: It's getting closer and closer every year. In 2000 it was down to about a minute and a half. Not bad for a two-hour race.