Cycling is a competitive sport that involves the use of bicycles. There are several categories of bicycle racing, including time trailing, road bicycle racing, track cycling, mountain bike racing, cycle speed, BMX, among others.
Cycling is a popular sport in many countries around the world, with Europe and the United States organizing some of the most prestigious cycling events. This article will focus on some of the most popular cycling races that you can take part in, either as a participant or a spectator.
Tour de France
Tour de France is arguably the most famous multistage race in the world and is part of the three Europe Grand Tours. Established in 1903, the race is considered as one of the most prestigious bicycle races in the world and also, the most difficult. The race takes place over 23 days and is held in France, but occasionally, it may pass through other countries neighboring France.
The Giro D’Italia was first organized in 1909 to promote the sale of the La Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper. The race is regarded as the second most popular cycling race in Europe after the Tour de France. It also takes place over 23 days. This multistage race is held in Italy. But at times, it passes through nearby countries. Giro D’Italia is held between late June and early May. The race is part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world tour event, and participating teams are mainly from the UCI with other teams being invited as part of the “wild cards.”
Vuelta a España
The Vuelta a España is the third most famous cycling race around the world. It was established in 1935 after the success of the Giro D’Italia and Tour de France. The race is held annually with Spain bein the main host country but occasionally making passes through neighboring countries.