BASIC DESCRIPTION

Cycling is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation or for sport. It is used for recreation by all ages and can be used for touring, organized rides on road, hill climbs or trails, for biking on the mountain such as dirt roads, trails and in purpose-built parks, and for racing. There are different bicycles for different uses, mountain bikes, road bikes, city bikes, triathlon bikes and BMX bikes. 

The sport of cycling can be divided into multiple disciplines. Mountain bike racing, track cycling, BMX and road racing are Olympic sports while BMX is also contested at the X games. The most popular cycling event is the Tour de France, an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Below is the list of the most common competition events for the various types of bicycles.

BMX

Men’s BMX
Women’s BMX
BMX Street
BMX Big Air

Mountain biking

Men’s cross-country
Women’s cross-country

Road Cycling

Men’s road race
Men’s time trial
Women’s road race
Women’s time trial

Track Cycling

Men’s Keirin
Men’s Omnium
Men’s spring
Men’s team pursuit
Men’s team spring
Women’s Keirin
Women’s Omnium
Women’s spring
Women’s team pursuit
Women’s team sprint

 

Fun Fact - Studies have found that cycling at least 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease by 50% (British Heart Foundation)

Fun Fact - Half of all parts of a typical bicycle are in the chain

 

Start cycling today!
Here are some tips to get you started.


WHAT TO WEAR 

  • A breathable cotton T-shirt
  • tank top or singlet
  • Pair of sports shorts / running shorts / exercise leggings or tights
  • Socks
  • Sport shoes

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Bicycle lights (if you are cycling in the evening)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling gloves
  • Skin Lube
  • Road cycling shoes (if you are taking up road cycling)
  • Cyclocomputer
  • Air pump
  • Saddlebag
  • Toolkit
  • Bicycle lock