I wasn’t even aware of an organized competitive sport called “gymnastic cycling” until I came across a remarkable video of two of its foremost practitioners: German sisters Carla and Henriette Hochdorfer.
The sport, also called “artistic cycling,” or Kunstrad in German, seems to be very popular in Europe. In the video, the Hochdorfer sisters are competing in European Junior Championship of Hallenradsport, or indoor cycling, May 22-23 in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
The sisters won the championship in junior women’s pairs last year and again this year.
According to Wikipedia, “artistic cycling is a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks (called exercises) for points on specialized, fixed-gear bikes in a format similar to ballet or gymnastics. The exercises are performed before judges in six-minute rounds by singles, pairs, four- or six-man teams.”
Now you know all that I know about “artistic cycling.”