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Nature and Science 2011-07-16 Science in Olympic Road Warrior

07-16-2011 17:42 BJT

Since the birth of the modern Olympics in 1896, cycling has appeared at every Summer Olympic games. Broadly defined, the sport of Olympic bicycling is actually made up of a number of specific events, some very different from another. Road and track racing have been around for a long time, both present at the first modern games in Athens in 1896. While BMX and mountain bike events are both relatively new. Mountain bike racing made its debut in Atlanta in 1996, and 2008 marks the first time that BMX racing has been an official Olympic event. Each cycling discipline offers different thrills and riders competing in the various events often use very different approaches and strategy. For instance, in track racing, bikes have a single fixed gear and no brakes. Riders wear freaky helmets and look like they come from outer space. Contrast that with BMX, the dirt riders swooping up and down hills and jumps, as much motorcycle as bicycle in their appearance, or the road racers, who can cover a hundred and twenty miles in a day.

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