Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.

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The Boats on Wheels races are held in Lubeck in the third week of August. The races are a throwback to the times when the Vikings used to regularly invade Western Europe and citizens had to either fight to the death or leave the area immediately.

The boats in the races must be vessels that can be used on water i.e. the wheels must be detachable and not fixed to the boat. There are categories for rowing boats, canoes, and small fishing boats. The boats are propelled along the streets using oars with rubber ends so that the wood doesn’t splinter on the concrete or tarmac. Rowing boats are single occupancy, canoes have two rowers, and fishing boats have between four and six crew members depending on the size of the boat.