Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels
Artistic cycling is the hardest sport on two wheels and there’s no denying it anymore. Sure, riding motorbikes could be considered more dangerous, but when it comes to the physical attributes one needs to do gymnastics on two wheels, we’re talking about a totally different league.
This type of cycling is a competitive indoor competition where athletes perform different exercises on two wheel (or one!). Each exercises executed correctly receives points, and each fall receives a point deduction.
The bicycles are fixed-gear, and the athletes have to perform on them during 5-minute rounds, either in single competitions, pairs, four- or six-man teams.
The first unofficial artistic cycling world championship took place in 1888 and was organized by Swiss-American Nicholas Edward Kaufmann. Back then, the event was a publicity stunt to showcase his trick bicycling.
In 1956, the first official world championship for men took place, and 14 years later, in 1970, the world championship for women was organized for the first time.
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a) length = 12.0 to 14.0 meters
b) width = 9.0 to 11.0 meters
c) inner circle = 0.5 meters diameter
d) middle circle = 4.0 meters diameter
e) outer circle = 8.0 meters diameter
f) stripes quartering = 0.5 meters
g) clear area = 0.5 to 2 meters
If this doesn’t get you excited about the sport, then nothing will. Ready to start practicing?