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Cycling - History

Road race cyclists  Cycling - History
Cycling has featured in every modern Olympic Games

Bicycles were first developed in the mid-18th century and quickly became a popular form of transport, although the early designs, with a huge front wheel, were extremely difficult to control. In 1885, the first modern bicycle with a chain and gearing that allowed the wheels to be of equal size appeared.

Professional cycling is now the most popular summer sport in continental Europe. The biggest events are stage road races that take place over a number of weeks and include the Vuelta d'Espana, the Giro D'Italia and the Tour de France.

Cycling was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, with the first road race contested over the marathon course. It is one of the few sports that has been a part of every modern Olympics, although there have been many changes in the programme throughout the years.

Cycling was one of the original six sports at the 1st Asian Games in New Delhi in 1950. It was dropped for the second in Manila in 1954, but reappeared in Tokyo in 1958.