At the Indoor Cycling World Championships, the dynamism of cycle ball stands in stark contrast to the aesthetical beauty of artistic cycling – two disciplines that guarantee sporting excellence and many exciting competitions. Opposites attract each other and produce a quite special world championships mixture. And the spectators really get their money’s worth – something that was confirmed back in 2010.
On the one hand, the elegance with unique figures on two wheels and, on the other, cycle-ball matches full of guile and pulsating goalmouth action.
The cycle-ball tournament is played in two groups.
In the A group, the top six teams play for the world championship title.
In the B group, the other nations play-off against each other to gain promotion to the A group and therefore the chance to compete in the future for the world championship title.
Matches last 2 x 7 minutes. Half-time lasts a maximum of 2 minutes.
Cycle-ball is played with a ball with a diameter of 17 to 18 cm and weighing 500 to 600 g. It is generally filled with horsehair. The world championship playing area measures 14 x 11 meters. It is surrounded by 30 cm high boards that are inclined. In front of the 2 x 2 m goals is the semi-circular goal area which has a radius of 2 m.