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Artistic Cycling

Artistic cycling is an indoor competitive cycling sport in which the objective for athletes is to perform various tricks while riding a bicycle.

The bicycles used are fixed gear bicycles, with handlebars that can spin 360°. The field in which competitions are conducted should have wooden surface, and dimensions that range from 9 x 12m to 11 x 14m. For international competitions the maximum size fields are required. The rectangular court should have three concentric circles 0.5, 4, and 8m diameters.

Artistic cycling routines can be performed in singles, in pairs, or four or six member teams. Each routine lasts for five minutes and riders perform as many moves as possible within the allocated time.  Competitions are conducted in a format similar to that of gymnastics in which each routine performed is judged by a panel of judges. Each routine is scored based on several factors, like degree of difficulty of the moves performed and execution, and are awarded points.

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Teams are also deducted points for failure to complete certain moves. The individual or team with the most number of points at the end wins the competition.

The highest level competition conducted for the sport is at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships.

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