Disciplines of competitive cycling

Highlights different types taking into account the objectives and characteristics of the test in which you compete in competitive cycling. Thus, the field, the final objective, rules, type of bike and tools, and other features determine a different form of competitive cycling. But what are these types of cycling? What types of cycling there?

Cycling route or highway

The road race also called road cycling is characterized by its practice in tarmac terrain. It is the most classic and, therefore, enjoys more prestige internationally. Are three main ways to compete in cycling road or highway.

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The time trial, which can compete both individually and in a team format is based on the time taken to perform a flight path defined time. This type of test shows the physical strength of the rider or group of riders, as it is usually done in shorter than other road races paths.

The test stages are characterized by testing and extensive travel, therefore, lasted for several days. Therefore, the total length of the circuit is divided into several sections or stages. The total time used by each rider to complete each stage. However, to finish a test so demanding cyclists will have to know what the right pace to avoid having to leave and try to finish the best.

Track Cycling

The cycling track features done in closed circuits within velodrome and the use of bicycles specially made for racing on tracks. These bikes carry the higher than usual pedal, brakes, or not wear gear changes and are fixed gear. A variety of tests that are competing in this type of cycling. The most competitive eleven are the following.

The tested individual and team speed, kilometer time trial, individual pursuit and team points race, omnium, keirin, the race six days, scratch, and Madison.


The cyclo-cross, also called BMX, is to complete a circuit with many obstacles, usually natural but can also be artificial. We compete with road bikes or path, but with a different material on wheels to make them fit to compete in the mud. Outdoor compete for fields or meadows so that obstacles are usually difficult to circumvent.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is characterized as one of the toughest cycling disciplines due to the complication of the sections were often organized competitions. To practice, it is necessary to have a particularly resistant to shock but bike as light as possible since cyclists will face steep roads and great adversity. In this discipline are three tests mainly, but there is plenty of evidence that compete regularly.

The cross-country or cross country consists of completing a predetermined number of turns which usually comprise a length of between 8 and 12 kilometers. It is the most competitive test of this discipline and also has Olympic recognition, which is one of the tests that are competing in the Olympics since Atlanta’96.

The descent or downhill , literally “downhill”, is based on the maximum domain of the bicycle by the broker since it involves overcome the many obstacles that the rider will find in a downhill mountain always dangerous and unpredictable.

And finally, the four cross or cross country for four is similar to downhill descent but developed by four cyclists while competing with each other. Competition makes this test a sports event.

BMX Bike

The Bike BMX is to perform stunts with your bike. We compete on small and with features that make it easy to handle when performing stunts bike. It is a purely artistic discipline. Are two modes, the call is a freestyle proposed by each competitor when doing stunts, race mode is similar to motocross race but bmx bike.

Indoor cycling

It is a type of cycling whose practice is a minority and where they basically perform two tests. The ciclobol, consisting of a football play bike. And, secondly, the art refers to cycling gymnastics, usually music, on board of a bicycle specially adapted.


Finally include test trial since its inception has speaking flavor. A great champion motorcycle trial was established in Spain. The test consists basically of making a path full of obstacles, without speed, resting your feet on earth the minimum number of times possible.

Cycling teach a child

Many remember our initiation as cyclists as a difficult process, full of fears and falls. Surely the memory, because learning to pedal does not usually take too long. We offer here some tips, structured as a guide in steps, with which teach cycling a child can be made easier.

  1. Initiate a bike without pedals

A very interesting step, before turning to the bike pedals, is learning in without them . Many child models of this type, since that kind of bikes with very thick plastic wheels that are kept in single foot, specially designed for children who have barely learned to walk, beautiful designs based on Bikes BMX equal a conventional machine except in their lack of transmission.

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This type of bike is a very useful when teaching a child investment. They work almost like a scooter, driven with the feet, and allow learning to maintain balance, manage the handlebars without sudden movements and plot the curves slightly tilting the body sideways. Once learned these techniques, step up to the traditional bike is much easier: most of the knowledge already acquired. 

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Mechanics best suspension tuned and balanced

Useless the best suspension in the world if it is not well set up. We will learn to regulate our weight chords (SAG) and adjust parameters such as rebound or pedal controls.

1 pump suspensions . Must. To modify the pressure you can not use another type of pump.
2 Allen key 3 mm. The we used to press the shell valve and remove the air, but you can use anything else.
3 Tape. With the metro will measure sag and suspension travel.

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[1] The first step is to know the total suspension travel, for that we get all the air with the pump or directly by pressing the howitzer. Continue reading “Mechanics best suspension tuned and balanced”

Concepts of classic cyclists

The theme of the cadence is a classic cyclists. Some people are convinced and trained to go grinder, ie very cadence. And conversely, in the same group there are some who seem to carry small dish ornament, ie they prefer to rather stuck, ie, low cadence. What is right? How do we get tired less? . As happens in cycling gatherings, in various scientific studies in order to determine the optimal cadence there are several different ideas or viewpoints. It is a complex subject that is not easy to generalize. However, there are several concepts that literature is quite agree:

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1 The optimal cadence is individual for each cyclist, because they affect various personal factors.  Continue reading “Concepts of classic cyclists”

7 Tips For Staying Safe While Cycling

While cycling is generally regarded to be a relatively safe sport, accidents still happen and they can be nasty if you aren’t prepared for the worst. Here are 7 top tips to help you stay safe while out on your ride.

Always Wear An Approved Helmet

Helmets are subjected to stringent testing in order to meet the Australian Standards guidelines for safety. Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations that you can buy from overseas, unless it carries the Australian Standards sticker then chances are it will not be safe for road use. Fit is also crucial in ensuring the safety of your head during a potential impact. It should be snug but not too tight, and mustn’t move around when you try it on.


Invest In Road Lighting

If you ride at night, it is essential to fit lights to both the front and rear of your bike. Super bright LED’s are the most popular choice, and will ensure that all other road users will be able to see you. These can even be useful during the day as an extra safety precaution.

Armour For Off-Road

Mountain biking is an exhilarating aspect of cycling, however due to the varied terrain and obstacles, it can also be the most dangerous. Investing in good body armour can protect you from serious injury, and significantly reduces the risk of broken bones. The best styles are made from high tensile yet breathable mesh with the armour plates stitched over key areas, and a back protector built in for extra support. They are so light and comfortable that you will barely even notice it’s there! Continue reading “7 Tips For Staying Safe While Cycling”