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Mouse Velodrome racer 01 by Baron-Engel Mouse Velodrome racer 01 by Baron-Engel
One of the fascinating things about having a world where you have radically different sizes of intelligent species is that all kinds of different sport and entertainment events become possible that don't exist here. An example would be indoor mouse velodrome racing for riders who are only about 8.5" tall.

Imagine a fixture looking like a giant crap table about twenty feet long; around the edge is sloped reinforced glass that keeps spectators from throwing things on the track or reaching in. The track is a steeply banked oval, about 25 to 30 degrees, and is made of wood. There is a lift area in the center of the fixture from which the riders come up on to the track. When the race was over the mice riders would exit the same way. Located around the outside of the track would be seating for bigums. Mice have there own area built into the track to watch from behind glass. Over the tracks in would be large signs showing the start times and riders names along with betting odds. In modern day venues big screen TV's would also allow people who could not get a track side seat watch the race and place bets. Races would run for a set number of laps.

Since the main point of the racing would be to bet on the riders; efforts would be made to make the event free of tampering and fixing. Riders would not own their own bikes. All bikes would be pulled from a common pool via lottery five minutes before the race. Upon getting their bikes the riders would clip their rider number on to the back and would snap their number wheel covers on to the front wheel. Due to their amazing strength to size, the bikes are belt not chain driven, and have solid, but still spongy, rubber tires. Races are fast, aggressive and very demanding on the riders.
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bbasco2 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Haldane's On Being the Right Size anyone?

One (of the many) thing I love about your art are all the carefully crafted and researched details you put in it. Reminds me a lot of Dinotopia; one of my favourite books growing up.

8 inch denizens want to compete in track cycling races?
Build an elevated, enclosed track so the "bigums" can watch without fear of harming or interfering with the participants.

Racers on the happy side of the cube-square law?
Give them insulating jump-suits for heat insulation, and belt-driven bikes with solid tyres to handle the strain.
(Come to think of it, given the small size of the mice contestants and their energy requirements, a long endurance scratch race could very well end up becoming a blood sport if the organizers do not manage the racers' nutrition and hydration requirements through out the event...)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
One (of the many) thing I love about your art are all the carefully crafted and researched details you put in it. Reminds me a lot of Dinotopia; one of my favourite books growing up.

I consider that quite compliment since James Gurney is one of my heroes of illustration and world building.

Racers on the happy side of the cube-square law?
Give them insulating jump-suits for heat insulation, and belt-driven bikes with solid tyres to handle the strain.
(Come to think of it, given the small size of the mice contestants and their energy requirements, a long endurance scratch race could very well end up becoming a blood sport if the organizers do not manage the racers' nutrition and hydration requirements through out the event...)

Yes, mice and rats do have to watch their metabolism and body temperature since they do burn the candle at both ends. In fact it is one of the reasons most mice and rats do not like swimming. It is too easy for them to get hypothermia. At the same time mice and rats much stronger and resilient than bigums are. As an example Petina only weighs about three and half ounces and yet she can dead lift thirty-two ounces.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
What other sports do mice enjoy. Do they have their own leagues for football or baseball? Love the helmet, by the way. But how do mice prevent ear injuries?
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T-Chall Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Beautiful work, Baron.
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ShawnSkunk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
this looks awsome Baron nice job on this.
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Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Better still, when the inevitable wipeouts occur, the riders' relatively light mass will reduce serious injuries, assuming they can avoid having their bikes hit them in their vitals.
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap:! x3

miss my bycicle so much T_T
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