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Check out the top 10 most paid cyclists in the world (Part 1)

How much does a professional cyclist earn per year? Specific salary figures in contracts are rarely disclosed. However, the media still has a way of extracting the data. It is a fact that the world’s top athletes are enjoying very terrible salaries despite the COVID-19 pandemic which is causing a global crisis.

9th and 10th: Vincenzo Nibali / Richard Carapaz (2.1 million euros)

Vincenzo Nibali is one of the few racers in the world who has won all three major races such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta an Espana. Until last year, Vincenzo Nibali remained the third highest-paid driver in the world with nearly 4 million euros per year on the Bahrain Merida team. However, with “modest” results in recent years, when he switched to Trek Segafredo, his salary dropped to 2.1 million euros.

Sharing salary status with Vincenzo Nibali is Richard Carapaz, from Ecuador. In 2019, Carapaz won Giro d’Italia to the surprise of many. This success brought him a new contract with the Ineos team, placing him in the top 10 highest paid racers with 2.1 million euros.

Richard Carapaz lifts the Giro trophy

8th: Alejandro Valverde (€ 2.2 million)

At the age of 39, the Movistar team racer Alejandro Valverde still shows no signs of aging. The day he retired from his career must be still very far away. In 2018, Alejandro Valverde won the world championship and the next goal is the Olympics to be held in 2021. Alejandro Valverde’s current salary is 2.2 million euros.

7th: Julian Alaphilippe (2.3 million euros)

Julian Alaphilippe is one of France’s best racers and has been a very important link to Deceuninck-QuickStep since 2013. The current world road bike champion is earning 2.3 million euros.

6th: Michal Kwiatkowski (€ 2.5 million)

Polish racer Michal Kwiatkowski started his career as a professional athlete in 2010 in the colors of Spain’s Caja Rural team. In 2014, he became the first Polish racer to win the world championship. Now, Michal Kwiatkowski is a member of the Ineos team and the salary is 2.5 million euros.

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How have bicycles changed our world now and then? (Part 2)

By 1898, cycling had become such a popular activity in the United States that the New York Commerce magazine claimed it cost restaurants and theaters more than $ 100 million a year due to declining sales reduction.

Bicycle production has become one of America’s largest and most innovative industries. One-third of all patent applications are bicycle-related – and so many are that the US patent office had to build a separate appendix for bicycles.

John Kemp Starley, an Englishman who is said to be the inventor of the modern bike. His uncle, Starley assumed that people could have a greater need for bicycles if they weren’t so frightening and dangerous, so in 1885, the 30-year-old inventor began experimenting in his workshop with a much smaller two-wheeled chain bicycle. After testing several prototypes, he designed the Rover safety bike, a machine weighing 45 pounds, more or less similar to modern bicycles.

By the 1930s Hercules was one of the largest manufacturers of bicycles in the world

Founded in 1910, by the 1930s Hercules was one of the largest manufacturers of bicycles in the world, making out more than 1,000 bikes per day.

Bicycle shows

When first displayed at a bicycle show in 1886, Starley’s invention intrigued everyone. And two years later, when combined with the newly invented pneumatic tire, it not only helped create cushioning but also made the bike safe at speeds about 30% faster than the first version – the results were miraculous.

Bicycle manufacturers around the world scrambled to offer their versions, and hundreds of new companies sprung up to meet that demand. At the Stanley Bicycle Show in London in 1895, about 200 bicycle manufacturers displayed 3,000 models.

The first cycling superstar, American Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor became a professional racer in 1896 while in his teens and set seven world records during his cycling career.

One of the largest manufacturers is Columbia Bicycles, with a factory in Hartford, Connecticut. This company can make one bike in a minute thanks to the assembly line. Its auto pressure, a pioneering technology that will one day characterize the auto industry.

As a pioneering employer in the booming industry, Columbia also provides its employees with bicycle parking, private lockers, subsidized meals at the company canteen and library. Clementson established the legal rights of cyclists when using use the roads.

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Learn about the history of the bicycle and its historic mission (Part 2)

Bike manufacturers all over the world launch their version and hundreds of new companies open up to meet the growing demand. By 1895, the Stanley Bicycle Fair held in London had attracted more than 200 manufacturers with more than 3,000 different bicycle models.

One of the largest producers is Columbia Bicycles. Possessing an automatic production line, the company can produce a bicycle every minute. At that time, this technology was arguably one of the pioneering technologies that set the standard for automobile manufacturing.

Strong demand for bicycles has also led to the growth of parts manufacturing

Strong demand for bicycles has also led to the growth of parts manufacturing such as bearings, spokes, steel pipes, and high precision tooling technology – factors that help shape the manufacturing industry.

The advertising industry also benefits from bicycles: artists are placed into the most eye-catching advertising posters, paving the way for the development of lithography that enables bright colors to be printed. Marketing strategies such as launching new products each year or planning discontinuation that began in the 1890s also cater to the bicycle market.

The popularity of bicycles

Bicycles seem to be present in every aspect of life including art, music, literature, and human genetic resources. Records of parishioners in England show that thanks to the cycling craze in 1890, marriages between different villages increased markedly.

Bicycles quickly became popular

The bicycle liberated the young people of the time from geographical constraints, allowed them to meet with people in other regions and thus, helped diversify the source of genetic traits.

Millions of cyclists have accelerated the process of improving streets and country roads and set the stage for the era of cars of the future. In 1895, the city of Brooklyn opened a dedicated bicycle route from Prospect Park to Coney Island and attracted more than 10,000 cyclists on the first day of use.

Two years later, New York City also enacted the first traffic law to deal with those who drive too fast. In 1901, Starley, inventor of the first modern bicycle, died suddenly at the age of 46. After his death, his company turned to make motorcycles and cars.

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The most famous bicycle brands in the world nowadays (Part 2)

3. Marin

Marin is the most famous and best bicycle manufacturer in the world founded in Marin County, California, the USA in 1986. The company specializes in mountain bikes but also offers several other variants. Many bike models are named after locations in and around Marin County.

Marin’s first bike was the Madrone Trail. In 1988, the Marin Team Titanium bike became the industry’s first leading mountain bike. At this time Marin began to name the model after Marin County landmarks, including Muirwoods, Bolinas Ridge, Pine Mountain, Indian Fire Trail, Eldridge Grade, and Hidden Canyon.

In February 2012, Marin was acquired by a European investment company. In recent years, the Marin brand has maintained a focus on providing a range of models for both trails and sidewalks, including bicycles with carbon fiber construction.

4. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ranks fourth among world-renowned bicycle manufacturers, is a premium bike manufacturer based in Santa Cruz, California, USA – founded by Rob Roskopp, Mike Marquez, and Rich Novak in 1993. Their bikes always have the latest and affordable styles, which is a notable attraction about this brand.

5. Kona

Kona is a famous Canadian bicycle company founded in 1988 by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron in Vancouver. Kona is the first brand to produce a series of mountain bike frames. Using a variety of materials including carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, and steel, Kona’s bikes have been sold in more than 60 countries around the world.

Kona has a long tradition of supporting cycling. Many of the top riders who were members of the Kona team include Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) won the Italian bicycle race in 2012, Steve Peat (England) and Greg Minnaar (RSA).

Greg Minnaar was the champion of the Dirt Bike Race world downhill (World Downhill) in 2012. Besides, there are Fabien Barel (FR) who won the world downhill cycling race (World Downhill) in 2004/2005, and mountain bike racing champions. Also, more than 200 world and national champions were won by Kona riders.

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The history of cycle sport (Part 1)

Cycle sports include professional and amateur races, held mostly in continental Europe, the United States and Asia. Since when has sports bike racing been started?

Cycling as an official sport since 1868, with a 1,200-meter race between the fountains and the entrance of Saint-Cloud Park (near Paris). The winner of this race is James Moore, an 18 year old British racer.

On November 7, 1869, the first city-to-city bicycle race was held between Paris and Rouen. Again Moore was the winner with the distance of 135 km in 10 hours 25 minutes. While road racing became popular for a few years in continental Europe, in England, road degradation made the sport unsuitable, and thus cycling sport focused on the test or time tracking.

In the United States, the first recorded cycling sport race was held in May 1878 in Boston. Almost all of America’s first races are on track, in long races. In the 1890s, a number of motorsport races were held from Boston to San Francisco.

There were many competitions in cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, and St. Louis and Salt Lake City. The sport received tremendous boost when one of the famous cyclists, Charles M. Murphy made a trip behind a train and traveled a mile in just 57.8 seconds.

History of sports cycling

Another special form of racing that flourished in the United States in the 1890s was the six-day bicycle race (since the races usually begin at midnight and end at 10 pm ) nonstop with prizes of up to $ 10,000.

This form of racing was transformed with the one-man team to two-man teams in 1899, and the six-day races remained popular in the 1930s. Although no longer held at In the United States, these races continue to attract a lot of riders in Belgium, Italy, France and Germany.

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WHO encourages cycling when travelling and exercising

The World Health Organization has encouraged cycling even when traveling and exercising to maintain health promotion activities during the corona virus crisis.

There has been a lot of debate in the UK about health training such as your daily exercise and how far cyclists should go, although the government does not give official guidelines on when or range.

WHO recommends cycling

But WHO has issued a welcome notice that cycling is encouraged, both for transportation and for how to stay healthy during the global crisis caused by the disease.

A statement by the organization said: While many cities around the world are introducing a series of measures to limit social exposure to prevent and slow down the COVID-19 pandemic, many still may need to move around cities to get to work. Meet daily necessities or provide support to the most vulnerable when possible.

Whenever feasible, consider cycling or walking. This provides distance between people. Meanwhile, it helps meet the minimum requirements for daily physical activity, which can be more difficult due to increased distance work, and limited participation in sports and leisure activities. other positions.

The British government has advised that we should all avoid unnecessary travel and social interaction, close restaurants, pubs and clubs, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop cycling.

Charity Cycling UK has issued a guideline for cycling during the isolation of the corona virus isolation, including asking the driver to get as much food and water as possible for your trip, to help you avoid stopping. in store and social contact.

A part of us being able to exercise for as long is a balancing act, and we all need to achieve that balance depending on the context.

The advice of cycling in UK is to go outside long enough to keep yourself in good physical and emotional condition but avoid doing more than that.

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Kristina Vogel: A vigorous cyclist

For a normal person, it is not easy to be a policeman, a politician, and a speaker. Yet that’s the life Kristina Vogel, 29-year-old female bicycle athlete who used to win the Olympic Games. And she does it all in a wheelchair.

Since joining herself in speed cycling, putting her foot on the pallet and focusing on her journey to the finish line, Kristina Vogel has always been aware of the potential risks. In 2009, she thought she was going to die after colliding with a bus. She fell into a coma for 2 days with a broken arm, broken cheekbones and six permanent teeth gone. Fortunately not paralyzed, woke up, unable to speak, so Vogel wrote on a piece of paper that will participate in the World Championship next year.

And Vogel returned to reality, not only that, but finished fifth. By 2012, she won the World Gold Medal in team sprint competition. She then re-established that achievement at the London Olympic Games after surpassing two strong opponents from China and England.

In 2018, Vogel had another accident. This time at Cottbus Stadium, she collided with another racer while dashing at 64hm / h. She was horrified to discover that her feet were no longer feeling. The German athlete was not as lucky as the last time, when she suffered a spinal fracture at the seventh thoracic vertebra, resulting in paralysis of the lower body.

When she was told that she could no longer walk, she thought it might be better to die. A series of questions flashed through my head that how to continue the rest of my life? Will you attach yourself to the wheelchair? Is there a way to do simple things without having to ask someone else? And she was afraid to leave the hospital to start living that way.

Of course, the racing career is over. It was a difficult decision. When he could no longer sit in the saddle, Vogel realized how much he loved it. And she regretted having always considered cycling as a job, not a passion. But it’s all over anyway. She had to start a new life.