We talk figuratively about mountain bikers and BMXers having "more balls" than most people. But this could literally be true according to a new study published in the South African Journal of Sports Medicine.
The study focusses on a so-called "third testicle" which some cyclists develop after spending long hours in the saddle.
According to the study, keen cycling enthusiasts have been known to develop ‘cyclist’s nodule’ - a small lump of soft, tender flesh around the crotch area - through the constant rubbing against the saddle.
Cyclists can develop a so-called 'third testicle' after spending long hours in the saddle.
“The condition is termed a third, or accessory, testicle", said the scientists. “Symptoms include pain on pressure and when sitting in the saddle which may even require the cyclist to give up the sport."
Apparently the nodules can be fairly easily removed, but they sound pretty painful.
The study details several cases of this unusual type of saddle sore, including the really remarkable case of a woman who grew one of these ancillary bollocks.
The 29-year-old was apparently advised by her doctor to give up cycling, but refused. However in her case, as in some of the other cases, changing the saddle appears to have made a difference to the condition.