Once the sport of choice of medieval knights across Europe jousting has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and now even has its own world championships. It’s actually changed very little from the sport it was in its heyday, riders still wear medieval armor and the lances, which are made of solid pine, are 3.6 meters and have a steel spear tip.
Two riders will compete by riding towards each other and striking each other anywhere from the bottom of the shield to the top of the helmet. They’re separated by a divider, called a tilt, that is designed to protect the horses from being hit and with a closing speed of 40kph (25mph), it’s easy to see why it’s needed.
To find out more check out the World Jousting Championships’ website.
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