Track Cycling Racing
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.