The history of the Cyr Wheel goes back further than you think. There are pictures of the oversized wheels from the 1920s. Often still equipped with handles and footboards, you couldn’t do a lot of tricks with them and the mono wheel fell out of popularity again.
Almost a hundred years later, in 2003, Daniel Cyr brought the ring back to the big stage. He won the silver medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and re-established the ring as a circus discipline. Therefore, in his honor, the name was officially changed to Cyr Wheel by the International German Wheel Gymnastics Federation in 2013. During this year, the first official Cyr Wheel World Championship in Chicago was held, in which Oscar Kaufmann also took part. The competition was part of the 10th Rhönrad (German Wheel) World Championships.
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The hoop is a curved tube of steel or aluminum and is often coated with a rubber or an epoxy resin. This is necessary in order to not slip away on the stage. The tube has a diameter of 3 – 5 cm so that is easy to grip. The ring itself is always precisely tailored to the performer and is usually 10 – 20 cm larger in diameter than the performer’s height. The wheel can often disconnect into parts for transport. With its weight coming in at around 7-15 kg, the hoop is heavier than it looks, but it is precisely this external lightness that makes the discipline so interesting to watch.
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