Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels

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Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels
Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels
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.

Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels
Artistic Cycling Is The Hardest Sport On Two Wheels

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.

Kaufmann's Cycling Beauties
Kaufmann’s Cycling Beauties

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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Riding Area

Source: David Gleason (Mindfrieze) – Created by author utilizing AutoCAD 2005 and Illustrator CS2

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?