Category Archives: Cycling

World’s Famous Cyclists: Eddy Merckx & Cadel Evans

Cycling is not only a hobby but also a popular sport in the world. There are many famous cyclists worldwide, of which Eddy Merckx and Cadel Evans are some of the best ones.

1/ Eddy Merckx

Born on June 17, 1945, Eddy Merckx is one of the most professional cyclists in Belgium. He had an active childhood and involved in a variety of sports such as football, boxing, among others.

At the age of three or four, Eddy Merckx started cycling and procured his first racing license in 1961. He began focusing on cycling when attending school. After that, he dropped out of school to pursue this passion of cycling.

During his career, he is known as an iconic figure in the world of bike riding and cycle racing. Having dominated the sport for over a decade, Eddy Merckx was referred to as “Cycling God” and “The Cannibal.”

He has so far won at five Tours De France, five Giro d’Italias, three World Championships, and seven Milan–San Remos.

Eddy Merckx has hit unequalled record in the sport with a total of 525 victories. He has also broken the World Hour Record with an unparalleled record distance of 49.431 kilometers.

2/ Cadel Evans

Born on February 14, 1977, Cadel Evans is an Australian professional cyclist. When he was young, he attended Eltham High School in Melbourne and developed his interest in skateboarding.

However, he then won a scholarship to attend the Australian Institute of Sport where he joined the mountain bike program.

During his career of cycling, Cadel Evans was named the Australian Cyclist of the Year three times in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Notably, this exceptional cyclist is the victory at the 2011 Tour de France, one of the greatest-ever achievements.

On June 10, 2013, he was made a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Most Famous Cycling Races in the World

Cycling is one of the most popular sports in the world with many prestigious competitions. Of which, Paris-Rouen, Tour de France, and Giro D’Italia are the most well-known cycling races worldwide.

1/Paris-Rouen 

Launched in November 1869, Paris-Rouen was the first cycling race to cover the distance between two cities. The winner of the famous competition was English cyclist James Moore, who covered a distance of 123 kilometers in ten hours and 45 minutes.

2/Tour de France

Tour de France is the most famous multi-stage bicycle race in the world. The competition was established in 1903. Until now, it was organized over 100 times with a route covering 3,500 kilometers over 23 days. Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, and Miguel Indurain are the only driver to manage to win five times each. 

3/Giro D’Italia

Giro D’Italia was held the first time in 1909 to promote the sales of La Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper. The European multi-staged race became the second most challenging race to win, behind Toure de France. The Giro D’Italia race is usually organized in late May and early June with no fixed route within 23 days. The record winners of the race with five champions were Fausto Coppi, Alfredo Binda, and Eddy Merckx.

4/Vuelta a España

Vuelta a España is also the most popular cycling race in the world. Launched in 1935, Vuelta a España is the third famous European Grand Tour after the successes of the Tour de France and Giro D’Italia.

The race has been held for over 70 times so far, with 21 day-long segments and two additional rest days. The first winner of the event was Belgian cyclist Gustaaf Deloor. Meanwhile, Spanish cyclist Roberto Heras records most wins in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Road cycling sporting events also have been a part of the Olympic Games since the first modern Olympic event in 1896 in Athens. The events included five track races and one road race with 87 kilometers from Athens to Marathon and back. Today, cycling sporting events are held for both men and women. 

The Tour de France- World’s Famous Cycling Competition

From using bicycles for transport, recreation, and exercise, people started competitive cycling in the past few decades.

Nowadays, there are many types of the cycling race, including road bicycle racing, cyclo-cross, time trialing, mountain bike racing, BMX, track cycling, and cycle speedway. Of which, road bicycle racing is the most popular of all cycling types. The race takes place on roads through cities and countryside.

Meanwhile, time trialing test the speed of a cyclist. This competition takes place on paved roadways. Cyclo-cross is short distances with obstacles and other challenges, requiring riders to dismount bikes and carry them.

Mountain bike racing is held in paved terrain and on off-road terrain while the track cycling is organized on a track in both short distances and long distances.

BMX is another famous cycling race. The cyclist uses Motorcross bicycles powered by a motored engine. Cyclists have to demonstrate speed and maneuverability in off-road dirt tracks. Similar to the track cycling, cycle speedway is held on an outdoor dirt track.

There are many famous professional cycling races in the world. The Tour de France is named the leading position thanks to its long history and prestige. The race was launched by Geo Lefevre in 1901, changing the world of cycling forever. It became one of the oldest and longest cycling competitions in the world. There are no famous bicycle races with such a level of prestige as Tour de France.

The Tour de France is known for generating many famous cyclists worldwide. The tour is a test of pure skill for cyclists. However, they enjoy the race when cruising many places, villages, and beautiful landscapes. They have to pass the competition, which covers around 3,500 kilometers with nine flat stages, six mountain stages, five hilly stages, five high-altitude finishes, and one individual time-trial stage.

The other cycling races in the world are Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Tour de Suisse, Tour Down Under, and Paris-Nice, among others.