Not so easy riding: Hong Kong’s Ip Hin Bon and Yu Po Man compete in the men’s pair artistic cycling at the East Asian Games, 2009
Variety being the spice of life, most sports develop unusual versions of their mainstream rules. There have been, for example, experiments with underwater rugby, hockey and golf; football is competitively played on grass, sand, and in bogs or swamps; and, in Ireland, bowls has left the greens and taken to the roads.
Cycling has proved among the most flexible of sports. In addition to the traditional velodrome and road racing versions, the Olympics now…
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