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Sunday, 31 August 2014


The first official cycling race on record took place at Hendon, England, in 1868.

Late 19th century doctors warned bicycling women that they would get "Bicycle Face"—a permanent "hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes."

The first individual time trial for racing cyclists on public roads was held on a 50-mile course north of London on October 5, 1895. For many years in the UK, time trials were the main road-based cycling competitions, and remain popular today.

Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France, riding a time trial bicycle. By Denismenchov08 -Wikipedia

Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith (b July 5, 1946) wanted to be a professional racing cyclist but was forced to change tack when aged 17 he had a serious accident on his bike, while on his way to work at a clothing warehouse. Six months of recovery in hospital followed, during which Smith made friends with people from the local art college who would introduce him to the world of art and fashion.

Eddy Merckx gave the bicycles he used to win the men's road race at the 1974 UCI Road World Championships to Pope Paul VI.

In 1977 Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, a poor Indian artist, rode a second-hand bicycle for four weeks and three days from New Delhi to Gothenburg in Sweden to meet his love Charlotte Von Schedvin because he didn't have enough money. They married and have two children.

You can cycle at three times walking speed for the same expenditure of energy.

A cyclist uses one fiftieth of the oxygen of a car making the same journey.

Six percent of Americans don’t know how to ride a bike.

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