Mention the word cycling and the name Lance Armstrong comes to one’s mind. The super athlete and supreme human being conquered testicular cancer and went on to win road cycling’s most famous cup the Tour de France, not once, not twice but seven times, a feat unparalleled in the history of human existence.
Cycling as a competitive sport and as a fitness aid has long been popular since ages. Cycling can be both aerobic and anaerobic forms of exercise depending upon whether one is sprint cycling or endurance cycling. In either form, the other is involved to some degree. Cardio vascular fitness and exercise of the lower abdominal regions with particular stress on quadriceps and the gluteus maximus muscle is the prime motivator for many people who take up cycling to keep fit. Cycling is the numero uno choice of people who suffer from arthritis but want to pursue cardio vascular fitness.
The bicycle which is a popular and common mode of transportation through out the world is an altogether different instrument for the professional cyclist. Often costing thousands of dollars, these sleek machines are made from ultra light weight material that is hardy and resistant to wear and tear. Millions of dollars are poured into research to unveil designs that enhance rider comfort and to increase that one aspect that any cyclist could kill for, speed.
Different forms of cycling include track cycling, which is a very popular sport in the Olympics, road cycling, mountain biking, and the cyclo cross. Being a very popular sport it draws big bucks and huge crowds. Advertisements fetch top dollar and cyclists are often super stars in their own right. Being hugely popular in Europe and the Americas, this sport is making in roads into Asia and Africa recently. There are professional cyclists who train year long and compete in the most famous road races of the world such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a Espana, collectively called a Grand Tour. Famous winners have been very popular sports persons such as Miguel Indurain, Eddie Merckx and of course Lance Armstrong. This section is dedicated to the lover of cycling and provides information about sites dedicated to all forms of cycling replete with calendar events, results and people involved in the sport.