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Different Types of Bicycle Races

There are several different types of bicycle races. Mountain bike racing is one of the newest forms of bike racing, first becoming popular in the nineties. It is a type of off-road racing that requires quite a bit of technical skill. It can be either cross-country or downhill mountain bike racing, and there are several other variants. The bikes used for this type of racing must have wide wheels with deep treads.

BMX is another form of off-road racing. It is a bicycle sprint over a purpose-made single-lap track. The course usually involves jumps, and flat and banked turns. The bikes used usually only have one gear.

Road races may be either team or individual races. They are conducted in many different ways. They could be one day races, time trials, or multi-stage events. The Tour de France is the most prestigious of all road races, and is one of the most widely known bike races in the world.

Cyclo-cross is probably the most varied of bicycle race types. It usually consists of several laps over a course consisting of various terrains, including grass, pavement, wooded trails, obstacles requiring the rider to dismount and carry the bike, and steep hills. It was originally a sport developed to help road racers to mix-up their bicycle training a bit during the colder winter months.

Track racing takes places on banked tracks or velodromes. The curve of the track allows the riders to make the turns without slowing down their pace. There are many different events that fall under the track racing category. One of the fastest paced track racing events are the Madison races, which involve tag-teams of two ‘slinging’ their teammates forward, which keeps the speed high in alternating sprints.

Bike trials are courses where riders navigate over either natural or manmade obstacles, or a mix of the two, without putting their foot down for balance at any time. Points are given for skill in bike handling.

Motor paced races, like Keirin races, use motorcycles to set the pace of the cyclists, so that they maintain higher speeds.

Cycle speedway takes place on a short outdoor dirt track, usually only 70 to 90 meters in length. It has been around since the 1920’s but gained popularity in post war Britain, influenced, in large part, by the popularity of motorcycle speedway. Tracks were often cleared through the rubble of buildings and racers used bikes that were not exactly roadworthy.

Different bike races are more popular in some parts of the world than they are in others. Most races take place from spring to autumn, due to the conditions which make it hard for racers to race during the winter months. Many cyclists from cold countries move to warmer climates during these months, to compete in other races or continue their training. Recently though there have been some concerns about cyclists venturing into dangerous areas of the world. For instance, last year there were several reports of cyclists in Egypt contracting the West Nile Virus after failing to take the proper precautions. If you do decide to explore more extreme areas of the world, then make sure you are properly prepared. One good resource is this site which offers useful information on what injections you need for specific areas of the world.

In the end, although biking can be one of the hardest sports, with the long distances and physical strain, the people who have dedicated their lives to this sport continue to strive for better, faster times, and more efficient cycling techniques.


Enduring Your First Few Bicycle Rides

Bicycle racing of all kinds has grown in popularity in recent years. There are many types of bicycle races, including BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain bike racing, track racing, cycle speedway, and many more. Bike racing has been recognized as an Olympic sport since 1896, and there are thousands of cyclists who train all year just to compete in the biggest bicycle races.

Many people have decided to start biking because of this growing popularity. They buy all of the equipment, carefully pick their track… and then promptly give up when they find out that it is more difficult than they thought it would be.

But, if these people would just pull themselves through those first couple of rides, they will find that their body will quickly adapt to cycling, and they will soon be able to go further, faster, and actually enjoy the ride. Some people even take some before and after photos to see how they change physically (for the better!) the more and more they ride. You can gets some tips on how to frame these photos so you can see the best possible contract by checking out this photography blog which has some excellent advice on what and what not to do.

The first few rides can be very discouraging. Even if you are pretty fit, and have been running or doing some other form or exercise regularly, biking is just a whole other ballgame. If you have gotten pretty out of shape, and you’ve decided to start biking as a way to lose some weight, you will find that all your years of eating junk food and being inactive will definitely show themselves.

If you find that you are out of breath very quickly and you can’t seem to move your legs after the ride, don’t worry about it. This happens to the majority of people when they first start biking. Hearing stories from others about how fast or far they go on a regular ride can be less than motivational at this beginning stage. You will only feel bad if you compare your grueling, snail paced, 3 mile ride to your neighbor’s breezy 15 mile sprint.

So, it is better not to compare at all. Give yourself some time to build your strength, and don’t expect too much too soon. You will get the hang of it soon enough, and you will look back on your first few attempts and marvel at how far along you have come. Make realistic goals for yourself, and strive to increase your distance and speed over time.

Whether you want to compete professionally, or you’re just seeking to get in better shape, you must start the same way. It is never easy and you will curse the day you decided to take up bicycle riding. But, soon all your hard work will be worth it and you will see improvement in your speed and technique, and in your physical stamina and appearance, as well.

In the beginning it can be excruciatingly painful, and recovery can take a long time. At these times, it is important to remind yourself that the pain won’t last forever. It does get easier, so you should not give up. You have come this far, and you are that much closer to reaching your goals, no matter how you feel at the moment. Endure the first few difficult rides and you will find that, in the end, it was worth it.


Finding the Perfect Racing Bike

There are thousands of new people joining the ranks of the elite in bicycle racing events across the globe. Many of these newcomers were inspired to start bike racing after watching coverage of the racing events on TV.

For most new enthusiasts, the only obstacle to them starting their racing career is the lack of a good bike. Racing bikes can be very expensive, and each type of racing has a particular kind of bike that is optimally designed for that particular style of racing. This makes it hard for newbies to find the perfect bike that they can train on and that won’t break their budget.

Most professional racers swear by custom made bikes. These are bikes that are made specifically to accommodate a particular person’s height, build, and riding style. They can decrease drag, increase speed, and in a big race they can make all the difference. But, these bikes usually range in the high thousands, which is way too much for someone who is just starting out.

Most good brands of mass produced bikes, are also not cheap. An entry level bike, with a heavy frame and limited features, will cost you about $500 to $800 dollars. The better bikes are from $800 to $2000, and high end bikes are about $2000 to $6000.

Usually, the lighter and more durable the bicycle is, the more expensive it will be. Lighter bikes go faster, and will give you the competitive edge you need to get in to one of the top positions. You’ll pay about an extra $1000 for every pound that is shaved off the weight of the bike. A much cheaper option is to lose a pound of your own weight. Any way you look at it, it’s better to lose it off your gut than take it from your wallet. As a side note, I am currently developing a new bike model which is incredibly light but does not cost the earth. I can’t be too specific about the details current but I will say I want to call the product “luminess air”. I’ve already applied for a trademark for this name; unfortunately there is already another company who has registered the trademark luminess air. They are a beauty manufacturer so I guess there isn’t a conflict of interest but I’m no patent attorney. If anyone knows anything about patent law and can advice me about this, I’d really appreciate it if you could drop me a mail via the contact box up top.

For most new bikers, the cost of a brand new bike is too much to commit to right away. Fortunately, you can find very affordable used racing bikes, if you know where to look. The only problem with second hand racing bikes is that they are not always in very good condition. If the former owner was a serious biker, the bike likely has thousands of miles on it, and a lot of wear and tear.

Luckily, for the new enthusiast who is serious about racing, there are other people who start out biking, but who quickly give up when they find out that it isn’t exactly a leisurely ride in the park. Some of these people were foolish enough to invest big in equipment that they ended up not using. Bikes like these are pretty rare, but once in a while you may come across a nearly new, quality racing bike that is being sold at almost half the price that a new one would be sold at.

Buying a used racing bike may be the only option for a new racer that hasn’t had the chance to save up for their dream bike, or who isn’t really sure yet what their dream bike is. Just make sure that you know what to look for, and if you know any bikers in your area, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most cyclists are more than willing to help out someone who is legitimately interested in bicycle racing.


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