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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.