Different Types of Bicycle Races

There are several different types of bicycle races. Mountain bike racing is one of the newest forms of bike racing, first becoming popular in the nineties. It is a type of off-road racing that requires quite a bit of technical skill. It can be either cross-country or downhill mountain bike racing, and there are several other variants. The bikes used for this type of racing must have wide wheels with deep treads.

BMX is another form of off-road racing. It is a bicycle sprint over a purpose-made single-lap track. The course usually involves jumps, and flat and banked turns. The bikes used usually only have one gear.

Road races may be either team or individual races. They are conducted in many different ways. They could be one day races, time trials, or multi-stage events. The Tour de France is the most prestigious of all road races, and is one of the most widely known bike races in the world.

Cyclo-cross is probably the most varied of bicycle race types. It usually consists of several laps over a course consisting of various terrains, including grass, pavement, wooded trails, obstacles requiring the rider to dismount and carry the bike, and steep hills. It was originally a sport developed to help road racers to mix-up their bicycle training a bit during the colder winter months.

Track racing takes places on banked tracks or velodromes. The curve of the track allows the riders to make the turns without slowing down their pace. There are many different events that fall under the track racing category. One of the fastest paced track racing events are the Madison races, which involve tag-teams of two ‘slinging’ their teammates forward, which keeps the speed high in alternating sprints.

Bike trials are courses where riders navigate over either natural or manmade obstacles, or a mix of the two, without putting their foot down for balance at any time. Points are given for skill in bike handling.

Motor paced races, like Keirin races, use motorcycles to set the pace of the cyclists, so that they maintain higher speeds.

Cycle speedway takes place on a short outdoor dirt track, usually only 70 to 90 meters in length. It has been around since the 1920’s but gained popularity in post war Britain, influenced, in large part, by the popularity of motorcycle speedway. Tracks were often cleared through the rubble of buildings and racers used bikes that were not exactly roadworthy.

Different bike races are more popular in some parts of the world than they are in others. Most races take place from spring to autumn, due to the conditions which make it hard for racers to race during the winter months. Many cyclists from cold countries move to warmer climates during these months, to compete in other races or continue their training. Recently though there have been some concerns about cyclists venturing into dangerous areas of the world. For instance, last year there were several reports of cyclists in Egypt contracting the West Nile Virus after failing to take the proper precautions. If you do decide to explore more extreme areas of the world, then make sure you are properly prepared. One good resource is this site which offers useful information on what injections you need for specific areas of the world.

In the end, although biking can be one of the hardest sports, with the long distances and physical strain, the people who have dedicated their lives to this sport continue to strive for better, faster times, and more efficient cycling techniques.


Enduring Your First Few Bicycle Rides

Bicycle racing of all kinds has grown in popularity in recent years. There are many types of bicycle races, including BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain bike racing, track racing, cycle speedway, and many more. Bike racing has been recognized as an Olympic sport since 1896, and there are thousands of cyclists who train all year just to compete in the biggest bicycle races.

Many people have decided to start biking because of this growing popularity. They buy all of the equipment, carefully pick their track… and then promptly give up when they find out that it is more difficult than they thought it would be.

But, if these people would just pull themselves through those first couple of rides, they will find that their body will quickly adapt to cycling, and they will soon be able to go further, faster, and actually enjoy the ride. Some people even take some before and after photos to see how they change physically (for the better!) the more and more they ride. You can gets some tips on how to frame these photos so you can see the best possible contract by checking out this photography blog which has some excellent advice on what and what not to do.

The first few rides can be very discouraging. Even if you are pretty fit, and have been running or doing some other form or exercise regularly, biking is just a whole other ballgame. If you have gotten pretty out of shape, and you’ve decided to start biking as a way to lose some weight, you will find that all your years of eating junk food and being inactive will definitely show themselves.

If you find that you are out of breath very quickly and you can’t seem to move your legs after the ride, don’t worry about it. This happens to the majority of people when they first start biking. Hearing stories from others about how fast or far they go on a regular ride can be less than motivational at this beginning stage. You will only feel bad if you compare your grueling, snail paced, 3 mile ride to your neighbor’s breezy 15 mile sprint.

So, it is better not to compare at all. Give yourself some time to build your strength, and don’t expect too much too soon. You will get the hang of it soon enough, and you will look back on your first few attempts and marvel at how far along you have come. Make realistic goals for yourself, and strive to increase your distance and speed over time.

Whether you want to compete professionally, or you’re just seeking to get in better shape, you must start the same way. It is never easy and you will curse the day you decided to take up bicycle riding. But, soon all your hard work will be worth it and you will see improvement in your speed and technique, and in your physical stamina and appearance, as well.

In the beginning it can be excruciatingly painful, and recovery can take a long time. At these times, it is important to remind yourself that the pain won’t last forever. It does get easier, so you should not give up. You have come this far, and you are that much closer to reaching your goals, no matter how you feel at the moment. Endure the first few difficult rides and you will find that, in the end, it was worth it.


What to Look for in a Racing Bicycle

Bicycle racing has been a very popular sport for decades, and has only increased in popularity in recent years. A lot of new people are interested in cycling and, as a result, there are a lot of newcomers to the sport. One of the first obstacles that new enthusiasts face is how to pick the right bicycle.

Picking a bike is not as simple as it seems. There are so many different brands and styles of bikes out there that it can be a daunting task for anyone to choose the perfect bike. Here are a few of the basic racing bikes available, and an overview of some of their special features:

Track bikes:

Track bicycles are optimized for racing on an outdoor track or velodrome. They have no brakes and no coasting. A track bike is a fixed gear bike, with a lightweight, rigid frame. Its tires are very thin and highly inflated to minimize rolling resistance. Its bottom bracket is also higher than other bikes, to prevent the pedals from touching the track on steeply banked curves.

The design of track bikes is very simple and straight forward and you won’t need to think about things like brakes and number of gears. What you do you need to think about is the durability of the bike and the size of the gear. A lower gear allows for quicker acceleration, but a higher gear helps keep up sustained speed. These are both important, and you’ll have to decide which is more important in the type of events you’ll be entering. Many track cyclists practice speed pedaling, to make up for the lack of gear options.

Mountain bikes:

Mountain bikes are among the sturdiest race bikes out there. They are designed to ride over rough terrain and can withstand the strain of many off-road situations. They have knobby tires, with deep treads, which help to create traction while climbing steep hills or slippery terrain. Their geometry is altered somewhat from other racing bikes, the primary difference being the angle of the head tube and the seat tube. The angle can be more upright, which makes it easier to climb steep hills, or more relaxed, which provides more comfort and stability for downhill riding and faster speeds.

Mountain bikes can be either fully suspended, (both front and rear wheel suspension), fully rigid with no suspension, or suspended either on front or back. Fully suspended mountain bikes are more prevalent now than they have been in years past, due to the types of materials now available which allow manufacturers to produce fully suspended bikes that are less than 10kg.

Cyclo-cross bikes:

A cyclo-cross bike is like a cross breed between a mountain bike and a track bike. Their design is very much like a track bike, with narrow tires and drop handlebars. They are also very lightweight, which is vital because cyclo-cross racing often requires the rider to dismount and carry the bike over certain obstacles. Cyclo-cross bikes also have deep treads, like mountain bikes, and very sturdy bodies, which allows them to be ridden through mud and other tricky terrain.

No matter what type of bike you end up choosing, it is important to really think about your decision. A good bike can be very expensive, and a cheap bike may not be very good. If you can solicit the help of an experienced cyclist friend, it will make your job of choosing a bike so much easier, and get you on your way to cycling success.


Finding the Perfect Racing Bike

There are thousands of new people joining the ranks of the elite in bicycle racing events across the globe. Many of these newcomers were inspired to start bike racing after watching coverage of the racing events on TV.

For most new enthusiasts, the only obstacle to them starting their racing career is the lack of a good bike. Racing bikes can be very expensive, and each type of racing has a particular kind of bike that is optimally designed for that particular style of racing. This makes it hard for newbies to find the perfect bike that they can train on and that won’t break their budget.

Most professional racers swear by custom made bikes. These are bikes that are made specifically to accommodate a particular person’s height, build, and riding style. They can decrease drag, increase speed, and in a big race they can make all the difference. But, these bikes usually range in the high thousands, which is way too much for someone who is just starting out.

Most good brands of mass produced bikes, are also not cheap. An entry level bike, with a heavy frame and limited features, will cost you about $500 to $800 dollars. The better bikes are from $800 to $2000, and high end bikes are about $2000 to $6000.

Usually, the lighter and more durable the bicycle is, the more expensive it will be. Lighter bikes go faster, and will give you the competitive edge you need to get in to one of the top positions. You’ll pay about an extra $1000 for every pound that is shaved off the weight of the bike. A much cheaper option is to lose a pound of your own weight. Any way you look at it, it’s better to lose it off your gut than take it from your wallet. As a side note, I am currently developing a new bike model which is incredibly light but does not cost the earth. I can’t be too specific about the details current but I will say I want to call the product “luminess air”. I’ve already applied for a trademark for this name; unfortunately there is already another company who has registered the trademark luminess air. They are a beauty manufacturer so I guess there isn’t a conflict of interest but I’m no patent attorney. If anyone knows anything about patent law and can advice me about this, I’d really appreciate it if you could drop me a mail via the contact box up top.

For most new bikers, the cost of a brand new bike is too much to commit to right away. Fortunately, you can find very affordable used racing bikes, if you know where to look. The only problem with second hand racing bikes is that they are not always in very good condition. If the former owner was a serious biker, the bike likely has thousands of miles on it, and a lot of wear and tear.

Luckily, for the new enthusiast who is serious about racing, there are other people who start out biking, but who quickly give up when they find out that it isn’t exactly a leisurely ride in the park. Some of these people were foolish enough to invest big in equipment that they ended up not using. Bikes like these are pretty rare, but once in a while you may come across a nearly new, quality racing bike that is being sold at almost half the price that a new one would be sold at.

Buying a used racing bike may be the only option for a new racer that hasn’t had the chance to save up for their dream bike, or who isn’t really sure yet what their dream bike is. Just make sure that you know what to look for, and if you know any bikers in your area, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most cyclists are more than willing to help out someone who is legitimately interested in bicycle racing.


The World Famous Tour de France

There are many different bicycle races around the world, from fast paced cycle-speedway racing to cross-country mountain bike races. But, of all the different races, none have come to be more widely known as the Tour de France.

The Tour is definitely the most popular bicycle race in the world, and even those who are not bike racing enthusiasts have seen it or have heard of it. It is the most prestigious of all bicycle races, and it is the race that most all cyclists, both amateur and professional, dream of competing in and winning.

Its popularity in recent years has in large part been helped along by the American cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong is a cycling phenomenon, who set a record of winning the Tour de France in seven consecutive years. His first win was only three years after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He won the battle with cancer, and went on to win Tour de France victories every year from 1999 to 2005. He holds the record for most Tour de France wins, at seven, which beat the previous record of five that was jointly held by Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, and Jacques Anquetil.

But, despite the tours apparent fame, very few people outside of the bicycle racing community actually know that much about it. For instance, very few people know that the Tour de France is actually only one of the three bicycle stage races that make up the Grand Tours. All three races consist of numerous races spread out over the course of a few weeks. The other two races are the Giro d’Italia, in Italy, and the Vuelta a Espana, in Spain. The other Grand Tour races aren’t very well known to those who are not bike race enthusiasts.

The Tour de France takes place in July and is usually about 21 days long, or three weeks. I heard that this year the no no hair removal company will be sponsoring the event but that’s currently just speculation at the moment. The route changes every year, but the distance covered during the tour is usually about 3,200 km. The three weeks of races also includes a two day rest period towards the end of the event; this is usually spent transporting teams from the finish of a race in one town, to the beginning of the next race in another town. Although the course changes every year, the race always ends in Paris, and since 1975, the final stage has always been along the Champs-Elysees.

There is a winner on each day, or stage, and the cyclist with the best overall time wins the Tour. It is possible to win the Tour de France without ever winning a single stage. This happened in 2010 when Alberto Contador won without ever winning a stage, and it has happened six other times before that. There are other competitions and awards given for feats like being first to pass an intermediate point, and there may even be a deduction to a riders total time for doing well in a daily stage.

The Tour is definitely one of the most physically demanding bicycle races in the world, and completing it is the equivalent of running marathons nearly every day for three weeks. Those who are invited to participate in the race put themselves through the toughest training imaginable just to prepare for it. Their dream, like so many other cyclists, is that their hard work and determination will pay off, and that they will go down in history as a victor of the Tour de France.


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