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Road Bicycle Racing

Road bicycle racing is a sport in which cyclists race individually or in teams over paved road courses. Races are typically mass start events, in which all participants begin at the same time and race to be cross the finish line in the quickest time, or time trials, in which racers try to complete as many circuits of a course in a specified amount of time. Less common are more intensive "tours," which are multi-stage races that take place over multiple days.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Bicycles were developed in 19th Century Europe, and quickly became popular as forms of transportation and recreation. The first Canadian bicycle club, the Montreal Bicycle Club, was established in 1876. The invention of the safety bicycle in the 1870s significantly increased access to cycling, particularly among women, while the sport of cycling began to boom in the 1890s as it spread around the globe and became regulated by an international governing body

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds. Because road bicycle racing can be a very expensive sport, it is not easily accessible to people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Le Tour de Terra Cotta; Dark Horse Flyers Cycling Club

Cultural Significance

Bicycling was considered an activity of conspicuous consumption by upper class European men for much of the 19th Century. Later in the century, the activity was opened up to women and people from less wealthy backgrounds, allowing to socialize more widely and travel. Cycling had a significant impact on shifting gender expectations in Europe and North America.

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