Bicycle Gymnastics Just Melted Our Brain

Handlebar handstands, dizzying wheelie spins, and doubles synchronized bike acrobatics — and we thought riding with no handlebars was cool.

The Indoor Cycling World Championships showcased the incredible, and bizarre, talents of the planet’s best artistic cyclists this month.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), competitive cycling’s main governing body, holds the event every year. For the second time in its 60-year history—yes, indoor gymnastic cycling began in 1956!—Stuttgart, Germany, hosted the spectacle.

While some BMX trick riding comes close, we’ve never seen anything quite on par with this.

When it was all said and done, Germany swept the top two spots in every category: men’s single, women’s single, women’s pars, and open pairs. The U.S. did not field a team.

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