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Cycle ball
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Cycle ball
Highest governing bodyUnion Cycliste Internationale
First played1893
Characteristics
ContactNo
Team membersYes
Mixed-sexNo
TypeCycle sports
Presence
Country or regionEurope, Japan
OlympicNo
World Games1989
Cycle-ball, early 20th century
Cycle-ball, early 20th century

Cycle-ball, also known as "radball" (from German), is a sport similar to association football played on bicycles. The two people on each team ride a fixed gear bicycle with no brakes or freewheel. The ball is controlled by the bike and the head, except when defending the goal.

History

The sport was introduced in 1893 by a German-American, Nicholas Edward Kaufmann. Its first world championships were in 1929. Cycle-ball is popular in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and Switzerland. The most successful players were the Pospíšil brothers of Czechoslovakia, world champions 20 times between 1965 and 1988.

Closely related is artistic cycling in which the athletes perform a kind of gymnastics on cycles.

Championships

See also