Cycling refers to using a bicycle for recreation, transportation, or sport. Both kids and adults use bikes for recreation and fitness. Since it is less expensive than driving a car, some people choose to commute by bicycle. Others commute by bike as they don’t contribute to air pollution as cars do.
Races in the cycling sport are typically staged on tracks or roads. An event near Paris, France, marked the beginning of modern cycling in 1868. In 1878, a race was held for the first time in the United States in Boston, Massachusetts. The Tour de France, the world’s most renowned bicycle race, debuted in 1903. The Olympic Summer Games include cycling as well.
Male, female, and youth road races are part of sports cycling. Some events are only 2.5 to 3 miles long (4 to 5 kilometers). Some people go hundreds of kilometers. A stage race is made up of multiple races spread out across days or even weeks. The Tour de France is a multi-stage competition that primarily takes place in France and covers more than 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers). Three weeks are needed to finish it. The top riders in the world compete in it.
Cycling competitors do not compete directly against one another in time trials. Instead, teams or individuals riding separately over a set distance are timed. The rider or team that finishes first in the time trial wins. Time trials are a standard part of stage races.
On an oval track, many cycling races are held. The way could be indoors or outside. Cyclists compete against one another over a short distance in sprint races, which are conducted at high speeds. Bicyclists start on opposite sides of the track and chase each other in the pursuit event. Each cyclist follows a motorcycle or motorbike in a race that is motor-paced. The wind generally causes the bike to go more slowly than a bicycle. Cycling allows for significantly greater speed than in other types of competition.
Another form of track racing is bicycle motocross (BMX). Short dirt tracks with lots of jumps and bends are used for BMX races.