June 22-25 2019
The invention of the bicycle in the early 1800s revolutionized transport and brought a new die-hard group of sports enthusiasts to the fore. Although the first bicycles were made in France, the design as we know it actually comes from England. Whatever its geographical origins, cycling is now a massively popular activity on every corner of the world with more than 100 million new bicycles made every year.
Many types of bicycles exist, including road, BMX, track, racing, touring and utility bicycles. Road bicycles have multiple gears and narrow tires designed to decrease road resistance. Their handlebars are often lower than the saddle so that the cyclist gets the most aerodynamic position.
Road cycling competitions at the 2nd European Games will feature men's and women's mass start and time trial races. The official course map of these races can be found here.
- There are more than 1 billion bicycles in use around the world. Almost half of them are in China.
- A cyclist competing in the Tour de France race consumes between 5,000 and 7,000 calories on a daily basis.
- Fred A. Birchmore was the first to go around the world on a bicycle. In 1935, the US cyclist pedalled more than 40,000 kilometres and travelled another 24,000 kilometres by boat.
- Great Britain's Mark Beaumont set a new record for cycling around the world in 2017 when he completed the journey of almost 30,000 kilometres in 79 days. That was an average 16 hours on a bike every day.
- The longest bike in the world stretches on for 20 metres and seats 35 people.
- One car parking space can fit around 12 bicycles.
- Around 30 percent of all trips in the Netherlands are made on a bicycle.
- There are twice as many bicycles in the world as there are cars.
- A pro cyclist rides 40,000 kilometres on average in a year. This is equivalent to making a trip from New York to Los Angeles 10 times.