Lucia Herrero Idi probak (literally, oxen tests) is the most popular competition — many spectators like to bet on the results. Pairs of oxen, wearing a wool coat embroidered with the name of their owner, must drag a heavy weight across a surface specially built to mimic ancient stone streets.
Lucia Herrero Sokatira (tug-of-war) is a traditional Basque competition, usually comprising two teams of eight, with multiple weight categories. Here, competitors begin training by setting the distance between one another.
Lucia Herrero A referee signals a completed move in a rectangular stone lifting competition. Having hoisted a 113kg stone to his shoulder with his right arm alone, the lifter raises his own left hand for flair.
Lucia Herrero A man trains in lasto altxatzea (hay bale lifting) using a pulley. The competition involves lifting the bale as often as possible within a 2-minute period, and is reminiscent of swinging from a church bell rope.