France’s Popularity on Cycling Sport
When you hear the two words like France and cycling, the Tour de France will come to your mind firstly. The Tour de France is one of the most prestigious races of cycling. The race, which was first organized in 1903, has become the most important organization of sport in time. In many parts of the world, various races are held for amateur and professional cyclists. The increasing popularity of cycling for entertainment, transportation and competition has further improved the cycling sport. There is a history of cycling over a hundred years. Cycling sport is a sports sport that has emerged as a result of the development of a two-wheeled bicycle.
When we look at the European geography, France is the leading country for the cycling sport, there are many important races and thousands of professional sportsmen all around the country. While this sport is particularly popular in European countries, interest in other countries is constantly increasing.
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The number of bicycle riders who have grown day by day increased, and in 1881 the “French Bicycle Federation” was established. Later, with the chain transfer system and airflow, the bike took on its present shape. The first resistance race to contemporary conditions was held in France in 1890. In 1891, the Bodeaux-Paris Competition, which is the first example of a long-haul tour, followed by the Paris-Brest-Paris Competition. It was an important breakthrough for cycling in 1903 when the French bicycle tour, the largest of the international cycling competitions, was held by Henri Desgrange and L’auto magazine.
The cycling sport took place in 1896 Olympics which was organized in Athens, the capital city of Greece firstly. Starting from the beginning of the 19th century, bicycles have become an important means of transportation as well as being used and produced for sports.