Cycling began to become a popular sport in Europe in the 1890s with improvements in road conditions and the introduction of some classic sports one day continues to this day.
After France and Belgium, races were introduced in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. In 1903, the Tour de France was established and still held every year so far. Next comes the big three-week tours of Italy (Giro d’Italia) and Spain (Vuelta an España).
Normally, Giro is held in May and June, Tour de France in July, Vuelta in September, and World Championships in October. Prizes in these races amount to $ 2.5 million. Only in Tour de France.
European road racing races were sponsored by bicycle makers until the late 1920s when national and regional teams were introduced. After World War II, with the decline of bicycle manufacturers, teams began turning to various sponsors, including carmakers, insurance companies, and banks.
The professional bicycle racing season now begins in January with races in Australia and Malaysia, continuing from February to October in Europe and the United States, in Asia in November and December. For most racers, a season of about 120 days stretching over eight months.
For most riders, a season has about 120 days of competition stretching for eight months
In the UK, racing fell in popularity after the turn of the 20th century, with the advent of cars. Bicycle tracks are gradually closed. However, in Asia and Australia, it is not so, the roads usually have a lot of spectators for races such as Tour Down Under in Australia, Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia and Japan Cup.
The men’s marathon and the racetrack were first held at the 1896 Olympic Games; women participated in the Olympic in 1984 and 1988 bicycle races. Mountain biking, a cross-country race on rough terrain, became an Olympic event for men and women at the Olympics 1996 in Atlanta. The Atlanta Olympics also mark the first Olympics in which professional riders are allowed to participate in road racing and time limit racing races.