BRIEF HISTORY

MEMORABLE OLYMPIAN

OLYMPIC EVENTS

HOW IT’S PLAYED

EQUIPMENT

HOW HAS THE USA DONE IN THE PAST

VENUE

EVENT SCHEDULE

2012 TEAM BIOS

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2012

FUN EXTRAS

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

GLOSSARY





BRIEF HISTORY


Bicycles were first developed in Germany in 1817 and likely were created to replace horses that had died due to the 1816 crop failure. The original bikes had no gears and cyclists would use their feet to glide forward, somewhat like Fred Flintstone. Cycling took a quantum leap forward in 1865 when J.K. Starley devised the chain-and-gearing system. The race has been on since then for engineers to invent faster, sleeker, and lighter bikes.

Cycling track races were regularly attracting large crowds as early as 1870 in England. The athletes would ride on wooden indoor tracks that were the predecessors for today’s modern velodromes. Indoor tracks ensured not only year round competition, but also enabled promoters to charge spectators an entrance fee.

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