You know what is cycling? Let’s talk about some fun facts about cycling.
Cycling as many of you know is a sport race bike that makes the competitors have as a goal to reach in the first place, of a particular route in the shortest possible time.
But we need to understand that cycling is a sport that involves an athlete and a bicycle, as soon we understand that not every activity that involves someone, and a bicycle can be called cycling.
The history of cycling began back in the NINETEENTH century in England, the period in which the advance of technology was something remarkable, compared to the previous centuries.
The cycling today is governed by several rules and is generally divided into four categories; BMX, Mountain bike, race in the track and proof in the road, and these categories can be practiced with various models of bikes different as they can split and create sub-categories.
The mountain biking for example, divides into a few categories, the most dangerous Down Hill because of the athlete have to walk down the mountains huge and high-speed. Within the mountain bike has cross country, free ride, and the most dangerous that we speak to top: down the hill.
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Each year and made an event of down hill in Lisbon, Portugal. Usually in may, this event is to descend from the Castle of São Jorge to the arc of the Red Bull, the event and broadcast to the whole world by television and the internet. Already the category BMX uses bikes a little different because the wheel diameter is smaller, that is, for an adult the bike is somewhat small. Within the BMX, there are two categories, the BMX Racing which is a game played on a ground of difficult to stability, and Freestyle BMX that consists of the athlete to make maneuvers on the bike.
A different type
Leaving a little bit of these categories, we have another modality: cycling static. Have you heard? Is the use of stationary bicycles in environments that are not outdoors, or in confined places, such as gyms or clubs. But calm! There is an explanation for this mode.
We know that in the middle of the athletic field generally there are some athlete who is hurt and can no longer compete normally as you would like, then this modality has been created for these athletes who have injuries and who can no longer compete, usually in cycling.
This modality is also recommended for pregnant women and the elderly, due to decrease the risk of falls. Also we can’t forget the obese, they also practice this modality and is of great help to the health. Now what will be the modality that makes you watch from beginning to end was so exciting?
Without doubt it is the track cycling. It is conducted on a velodrome, where the participants need to pedal as fast as possible in the shortest time, it is literally a race against the clock.
And the athlete that you do the entire route in the shortest time, wins the competition. And the modality more traditional? We have the cycling road. Because in road racing we have an event held in france, which is the Tour de France, the cycling competition the most expected of the world.
We cannot forget about the to-cycling or cycling paralympian, that is the part of the program paralympic governed by the Union Cyclist International (UCI). This modality is a sport that has been developed for people with visual impairments only became part of the programs of the games in 1988.
Currently, you can only participate in this sport, competitors with cerebral palsy, amputees, the blind, among others. The bikes of these competitors are also different, the pedals are at the height of the hands, there are tricycles and tandem bikes if the contestant is blind.
What’s going to determine what type of bicycle each athlete will use is your ability and your need, because currently we have competitors with different disabilities compete against each other, but it was not always so, at the beginning of the to-cycling only competitors with a visual impairment could be part of the competition.
In 1984 in New York city made history when it held the first paralympics with athletes who had cerebral palsy, amputees and the visually impaired. In 1996, each type of competitor with their disability has to be evaluated in a way specifies, and also in 1996 in Atlanta were included in the evidence of the velodrome.
Already in Sydney in 2000, we can observe the first bikes made especially to be ‘cycling’ with the hands, called handcycling or cycling with your hands.
Only almost 10 years after the first competition to cyclist-we could see a brazilian in the paralympics, our debut was in 1992 in Barcelona with Rivaldo Gonçalves Martins. And this athlete has brought to Brazil the title of world champion in 1994 in Belgium in the race against the clock.
In the olympics cycling 2012 were 20 evidence involving the cycling, the Uk led the way, went home with 12 medals.
The United Kingdom is inserted in the group of the great powers of the cycling world, within this group we have in addition to the the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.
And these countries do not use the bike only for competitions, but also as a means of transport because the cities have space to use the bike, and cultivate the culture of respect in traffic to the person who is on a bicycle heading for the city.
In our country, also uses the bicycle as a means of transport, as well as in many countries, but in our country, this culture of respect is not so propagated, and the cities provide insecurity for the people who use the bicycle as means of transport. This makes us think of why the bike is so widespread worldwide.
Physical activities in general cause us to release hormones and energy, which makes us sleep better and have a day more productive, but the bike brings more quality of life for those who use it.
Do you know why? Because it helps in the cardiovascular system, burns fat, works for the resistance and muscle strength, in addition to fighting depression, stress, anxiety, increases immunity, decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL), among other several health improvements, not to mention the fact that the body itself is more beautiful because the moves made on the bike leave the skin more firm and looks youthful.
But this does not mean that to be a cyclist you need a bike, you need a physical preparation before you wish to become a cyclist. You should start with going to the doctor to make an assessment, which can indicate whether you are fit or not to practice sports.
After this, you must create a small routine of exercises on the bike, always gradually increasing the distance travelled.
For example, let’s assume that you ride every Saturday, and on a Saturday you traveled 1km bike, on the Saturday following the recommended is that you try to increase that distance a little bit and continue doing this until you are able to travel long distances.
Avoid hills and ride fast, your body which was until then in the home need to understand that you from that time will the put into motion.
Respect your body, do not overload, otherwise it will happen what is called over training, which is when an athlete enters the exhaust does not comply with the due times of rest and recovery, and may also suffer muscle injuries or even microfraturar some bone, resulting in the reduction of their athletic ability.
Is cycling or just cycling, it’s good for our body and for our mind to be always on the move, this combined with good nutrition and hydration, form a combo unbeatable happiness and harmony.
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