Track Cycling Racing

Track Cycling
Track cycling is an exciting and demanding sport. The invention of track cycling may never be known, however o­ne of the first road race happened in France in the mid-1800's shortly after the first pedal and crank bicycle was introduced to the world in the 1860s. As with any new fascinating new mobility device like the car or the snowboard, o­ne might expect competitive racing to follow. This was no different with the bicycle. As soon as a few ultra competitive athletes find a new way to compete, then there will be competition and there will be racing. o­nce the pneumatic inner tube was developed, bicycles became much lighter than they had been for decades. This allowed cyclists to ride even faster. And since then, track cycling racing has been an international sport.

Before velodromes and specialty built tracks were created and the term track cycling was adopted, track cycling was simply referred to as road cycling. Road cycling became increasingly popular as the advancements in bicycle technology caught up with the sport's popularity. This is not to say that all track cycling was o­nly contained to roads. Grass track cycling is still a major competition in England and Scotland.

In track cycling racing, speed is everything. Racers must understand the complications of aerodynamics and drag, and keep a speed friendly position, while pedaling their hearts out. The lighter the bike, the better. Track cycling racing depends o­n cyclists to soar, and a weightier bike will slow down even the strongest cyclists. Speed is extremely attractive to both competitors and spectators of track cycling racing, so there is no question as to why the sport has been so popular for the last century.