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I never heard the rider who hit me. She had ridden up
behind me, silent as a mime and WHAM! in the back of the
head with a pillow that felt like a lead cosh.
I sprawled in an ungainly heap in the dirt, feeling foolish.
It had seemed like an easy assignment... report on the
sport of PedalPillow,
or pillowfighting on bicycles.
These guys were experts and angling for it to be officially
included as a demonstration sport at the 2016 Olympics, in
Rio de Janeiro.
Singles, Doubles and 4-hand Team matches are played, on
a circular arena 50, 75 or 100 metres across. Pillows must
conform to IPP standards, weighing no more than a
kilogram (2.2 lb) and no blow may be struck with any part
of the body or cycle.
Apart from that it's a free-for-all, with a player losing a
game after being "Downed", or knocked from their mount
five times, with the winner to be two "Downs" ahead to
win the game. First to five games won the set; best of
three sets. Blindfolds all around if a tie-breaker proves
necessary (first "Down" wins); No tie-breaker in the final
In a somewhat related theme...
This sport (not so much involving ordinary pillows) has been around for a number of years. [Vernon, Jan 31 2014]
just add sound effects [xenzag, Jan 31 2014]
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||[+] unicycles... or bicycles-built-for-two for couples.
I don't mean to brag or anything... but I 'was' the Iberostar resort surfboard-standing wet-pillow fight champion at one time.
||I believe you. I think, though, that there would need to be regulations regarding such things as above and below the waist from in front and behind, etcetera,such as in American football.
||This could just be a result of my upbringing, however.
||Just let me oil up the chain on my recumbent bike and I'll mop the floor with those d*mned Russkies!
||What the??? Oh, crap!! I'm going to need a longer pillow...
||It's pretty hard to knock someone off a bike.
||Maybe points should be awarded every time you
force the opponent to touch the ground with their
feet? Otherwise I agree with unicycles.
||I agree with unicycles for a number of reasons.
1. No handlebars allowing 360 degree swing.
2. Lower maximum velocity means safer
3. Unicycles come in a variety of heights. Which
||if there is ever an international Halfbakery
conference/jamboree we should all be required to
||i would have stars printed on my pillow case
||I will have training wheels on my unicycle.
||I wonder if you got a heavy feather pillow spinning in
each hand if it would stabilize you. And if you
whacked someone with one, would the other one