Sports the Olympics Forgot – Snowshoe Snowball

The biggest event of the sports calendar in Revelstoke is the Snowshoe Snowball Contest held on Valentine’s Day since 1872. This event combines the stamina required to snowshoe 10 kilometers over hilly terrain with the accuracy of a marksman. During the snowshoe, the participants have to knock over 10 bottles of Kootenay beer with 10 snowballs that they makeContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Snowshoe Snowball”

The Dracula Race in Sighisoara – Sports the Olympics Forgot

Taken from the book – Sports the Olympics Forgot The individual time trial starts outside the modern day café where Vlad was born. The contestant must first run to the Clock Tower and climb the stairs to the top taking care not to hit their head on the low doorways. They must then run aroundContinue reading “The Dracula Race in Sighisoara – Sports the Olympics Forgot”

Pogo Stick Marathon – Morocco

This excerpt is from Sports the Olympics Forgot The modern pogo stick was invented just after World War I, although there is some debate as to whether it was first created in America or Germany. The German inventors were Hans Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall and the first two letters of their surnames do make theContinue reading “Pogo Stick Marathon – Morocco”

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Beagle Chasing, UK

On Easter Monday in Atherstone in Warwickshire an unusual sports event takes place that attracts hundreds of competitors. It’s the annual Beagle Chasing extravaganza,which dates from the restoration of Charles II in 1660. The chasing takes place over a number of distances and comprises individual and team events. There are no separate races for menContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Beagle Chasing, UK”

Hopping Race – Trevelez, Andalusia – Part 2

Even though it’s a marathon race the Lanjaron – Trevelez is not the hardest race of the weekend. The Blue Ribbon event takes place on Saturday and it’s called the Backwards Hop race, where competitors hop around Trevelez five times in reverse. In this contest only one leg can be used for the entire race;Continue reading “Hopping Race – Trevelez, Andalusia – Part 2”

Ski Yachting – Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica – Sports the Olympics Forgot

The windiest place in the world is on the continent of Antarctica. Commonwealth Bay is about 48 km (30 mi) wide at the entrance between Point Alden and Cape Gray and was discovered in 1912 by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. The wind regularly exceeds 150mph and the average annual wind speed is around 50mph. The winds areContinue reading “Ski Yachting – Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica – Sports the Olympics Forgot”

The Tunisian Oasis Race – Sports the Olympics Forgot

One of the world’s most gruelling races takes place in the Tunisia desert in June of each year. The official name is the Tunisian Oasis Race although it’s also known as the Tunisian Desert Classic and The World’s Hardest Triathlon. It’s loosely based on an epic Saharan escape behind enemy lines by a British soldierContinue reading “The Tunisian Oasis Race – Sports the Olympics Forgot”

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Pyramid Racing

This is an excerpt from the Pyramid Racing story in the book, Sports the Olympics Forgot A basic pyramid race comprises four racers, one for each of the edges. The idea is that the contestants start the race 50 yards from their corner of the pyramid. They stand by an empty plinth and wait for the StartingContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Pyramid Racing”

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Bocket

This is an excerpt from the “Bocket” story in my book, Sports the Olympics Forgot The game of Bocket is played throughout the Indian sub-continent but first started in Dacca in Bangladesh. Bocket is a combination of Bowls and Cricket and allows people in bowling clubs to still play a version of their game afterContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Bocket”

Cross-country curling – 100 Mile House, Canada

The citizens of 100 Mile House have invented the ultimate curling contest, which combines the thrills of curling with the unpredictability of cross-country skiing. The cross-country curling course is fifty kilometers in length and contains eighty sharp bends; the curlers must take as few shots as possible to complete the course successfully. Accuracy over distancesContinue reading “Cross-country curling – 100 Mile House, Canada”