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Battle of the bikes
Roman Schneider (left) of Switzerland and Yosuke Fujita of Japan fight for the ball on Aug. 17 during the UCI Cycle-Ball World Cup at the Chai Wan Sports Centre in Hong Kong, China.
Cycle ball is similar to soccer — the major difference being that players navigate an indoor court on fixed-gear bicycles without brakes. While the offbeat sport has been around since 1893, you may not have heard about it because it's mainly popular in Russia, Japan and a handful of countries in northwestern Europe.
Watch the video below for a demonstration of just a few of the precarious possibilities of artistic cycling: