Soccer can be pretty fun to watch, especially when one of the players scores a goal. Watching athletes move the ball up and down the field with their fancy footwork is part of the reason the sport is so popular. But imagine if the footwork was taken out of the sport and replaced with something even more impressive. Cycle ball does just this — combining all of the goal-scoring excitement of soccer with the intricacy of cycling. The sport is an interesting mixture of the 2 activities — but instead of using your feet, you dribble the ball, move it around and shoot it at the goal with your bike tires.
Cycle ball is played with 2 teams and 2 players — one outfielder and one goalkeeper. Only the goalie can use their hands in the 2-meter circle around the goal, and the rest of the game has to be played with the tires. The game is made up of 7-minute halves and is played on an 14X11 meter wood court. The bikes are specially made for the sport with no gears and no brakes.
Every year, 12 of the best cycle ball teams in the world compete at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championship.