Bikes & Guns: An Unusual Exercise Routine

By: Bergen Baucom
By: Bergen Baucom

Everyday Cecil Powell used to get up and ride his mountain bike for exercise. But eventually, the day in day out bike routine became less exciting.

"It's kinda boring, mainly because I didn't have anybody to talk to. And I figured well, I can probably spice this up a little bit"
said Cecil Powell, Founder of the Police Bike Action Shooting Association.

And to spice it up, Powell started racing his bike around a track while shooting a gun at balloon targets. It's a sport he created based off of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. But, his sport uses bikes instead of horses and police uniforms in place of western gear.

But don't let the uniforms fool you- Powell said he doesn't actually have any affiliation with police departments."[The uniform] adds the police attitude to it. Puts a little color and a little flavor to it" said Powell.

When he first had the idea, he tried it out with a pistol. "It was fun. You could actually ride the bicycle and shoot the balloons and I thought, well this is interesting" he said.

But it was the 357 Ruger Revolver with black powder rounds that took the sport to the next level."That was really exciting, you got all the smoke and the flames and bursting the balloons and I thought, I've come up with something really cute here" Powell told us.

To compete, the first person to make it around the track and hit the most targets wins. And for every balloon still standing, 5 seconds is added to the clock.

Powell said he is giving the sport his best shot to make it well known.

"It takes a while to invent a new sport I've come to find out. People first go, that's dangerous I don't want to do that" he said. "Then you go, no it's not dangerous we use blanks. And they say, oh, well it doesn't sound like a lot of fun. But if you can just get them to try it once they go, oh, I love that" Powell explained.

To learn more about the sport or give it a shot, you can visit his website at or email him at

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