Ten fun facts about Track cycling
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Track Cycling has been around since at least 1870.
When cycling was in its infancy, wooden indoor tracks were laid which resemble those of modern velodromes, consisting of two straights and slightly banked turns.
One appeal of indoor track racing was that spectators could be easily controlled, and hence an entrance fee could be charged, making track racing a lucrative sport.
Early track races attracted crowds of up to 2000 people. Indoor tracks also enabled year-round cycling for the first time.Fact 5
The main early centers for track racing in Britain were Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and London.Fact 6
The most noticeable changes in over a century of track cycling have concerned the bikes themselves, engineered to be lighter and more aerodynamic to enable ever-faster times.Fact 7
With the exception of the 1912 Olympics, track cycling has been featured in every modern Olympic Games.Fact 8
Women's track cycling was first included in the modern Olympics in 1988.Fact 9
Aerodynamic drag is a significant factor in both road and track racing.Fact 10
Track Cycling is particularly popular in Europe, notably Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom where it is often used as off-season training by road racers. Go to more sport facts ❯
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