The bicycle has made such an impression on humans as a society that we even have songs about it. But how many people really know much about it apart from how to ride it? Do you know the various sports that spin off from this two-wheeled vehicle? Here is a quick breakdown.
Take a Hike
Riders use the cyclocross bikes to do this sport which involves mostly riding on the paved road but includes patches of semi rough terrain where riders are expected to get off their rides and carry them on their backs in order to get to the next patch of smooth road. The obstacle can be turf, sand, water or any number of surfaces on which it is impossible to cycle. First developed in order to help professional riders vary their training during the colder months, this cycle sport quickly took a life of its own and is now pursued by professionals who only specialize in cyclocross.
On the Way Again
The most common race is the straight up, ‘paddle to survive’ tour we see on TV every year. They use road bikes (called racing bikes in most countries) with special tyres, gears and a lightweight frame that reduces resistance. Professionals train very hard and need to remain light of body themselves in order to win because the machines they navigate are as fast as they are light, and the heavier the rider, the less chances there are of winning.
Shoot Over the Top
One of the more popular cycle races are the off road races which can take place in rocky, mountainous terrain or in hard core, motor cross style terrain. Either way, the rider usually has to come equipped to face a lot of mud and dirt. The bikes themselves have frames which are designed to create a streamlined outline as much as possible for the reader to cut through wind resistance. There are a lot of technicalities involved and riders train for years just to participate in one race.
Whichever type of cycle sport your passion may be, the best kind is the one that gives you the exercise you require along with satisfaction from the entire process. If you want to take it up, do your research and go join a group or find a coach who will take you through the training step by step until you can manage on your own. Remember, preparation is key. Cycling for races takes a lot of stamina and strength, and you will need to build up both before you venture out on those wheels again.