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Updated: 2006-08-21 19:12
Cycling Olympic sport since 1896
Phonak's team rider Floyd Landis of the U.S. (R), wearing the leader's yellow jersey, cycles with his team mates in the Alps during the 16th stage of the 93rd Tour de France between Bourg-D'Oisans and La Toussuire, July 19, 2006. [Reuters]
Bicycles were first developed in 1817and have long since been used as a form of transport. Originally, the front wheel was much larger than the rear wheel, and the rider was elevated a great deal, making them difficult to control and very dangerous.
In 1885, J.K. Starley of England devised the more modern bike with a chain and gearing to allow the wheels to be of equal size. Although bicycle races had been held on the old "penny farthings", the new bikes stimulated the growth of bicycle racing as a sport.

Cycling at the Olympics features four exciting disciplines: road, track, mountain biking and bmx.


Cycling BMX

Cycling Road

Cycling Track

Mountain Bike