The passion for cycling and the willingness to participate will attract you to compete and be a part of the bicycle races, says Thomas N Salzano a cyclist and a famous blogger. People nowadays love to participate in marathons and other famous races to keep their passion alive.
Thomas as per a professional cyclist has participated in many cycling races and has been a part of many famous marathons. Each race has its own special character that marks it out among the most famous list of professional races that take place every year. For each rider, the aim or the race may be different but one thing that remains common is that the target keeps changing with every single achievement in their life.
Not only the riders but the cycling fans too wait for these entertaining and action-packed races each year to be organized. Here is a list of the most famous bicycle races shared by Thomas for all the cycling lovers:
This race was the first-ever bicycle race that covered the distance between the two cities. Paris-Rouen was organized in November of 1869. The famous English cyclist James Moore was the winner who covered a distance of 123Km in 10 hours and 45 minutes.
Milan-San Remo (Italy)
This is the longest one-day race in pro cycling started in 1907 with a distance to be covered is 185 miles. This race is a flat race with just one big hump where the road crests the Passo del Turchino. The interesting part of this race is that the winner isn’t necessarily the fastest sprinter, but the one who made the fewest mistakes throughout the long day.
This is a one-day professional men’s bicycle road race in northern France. Started in 1896 with a distance to be covered is 150 miles in one single day. The arrow-straight cobbled stretch through Arenberg Forest is one of its bumpiest and most irregular sectors which has become the symbol of the race.
Giro d’Italia (Italy)
This race was started after the success of Tour de France when people of Italy created their own race called Giro d’Italia. This race was started in 1909, a 21 stage race with a distance to be covered to be 2000-2200 miles. The winner of the Giro d’Italia is determined by the lowest total time over all the stages.
Tour de France (France)
This race is considered the most popular of the cycling races as per its long history and prestige. The race covers around 3,500km and is usually separated in 9 flat stages, 6 mountain stages, 5 hilly stages, 5 high-altitude finishes, and 1 individual time-trial stage.
Vuelta a España (Spain)
After the success of the two famous races that are the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, Spain decided to get organize similar races so they created the Vuelta a España. Started in 1935, the Vuelta a España used the same format as the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
Tour de Suisse
This race is considered as a test race prior to the Tour de France that takes place over the course of 9 days to cover a distance od 1,172.7km. Tour de Suisse took place in 1933 and cyclists generally participate in this race to test their ability to compete in the Tour de France.
Tour Down Under
Tour Down Under is an opening event of the UCI World Tour. It is organized in Australia and usually occurs over the course of six days with a distance of 1000km to be covered. The race takes place during the highest of the Australian summer that is in mid-January when the heat can reach upwards of 104 Fahrenheit.
These are some of the most famous bicycle races but the list is not yet completed yet. Other races like Volta a Catalunya, Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico, Paris-Nice, etc are also among the famous races across the world.
All these famous races are apart of the UCI World Tour. Other than these there are other races like road bicycle racing, BMX, time trialing, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain bike racing, track cycling cycle speedway, etc that you can participate in. Thomas Salzano says it’s important for a cyclist to participate in races to improve their abilities and keep themselves motivated to perform better.