Bicycling magazine had a short article on the history of US cycling, which I found kind of interesting. Some of the facts are downright amazing.
- 1880 - Albert Pope helped start the League of American Wheelmen. By the end of the decade, his Columbia Bicycle Factory was purportedly producing a new bike every minute!
- 1893 - The first world track cycling championships are held in Chicago, 10 years before the Tour de France and 3 years before Paris-Roubaix.
- 1899 - Marshall "Major" Taylor becomes the first African-American world champion in any sport when he wins the 1-Mile championship.
- 1969 - Audrey McElmury is the first rider from the United States to become the world road racing champion.
- 1970's - hippies + Schwinn + singletrack = birth of mountain biking in Marin County, CA.
- 1984 - Connie Carpenter-Phinney wins gold at the Olympic's first women's road race.
- 1986 - Greg Lemond becomes the first American and first non-European cyclist to win the Tour de France.
- 1996 - First bike-polo world championship is held in Richland, WA.
- 1999 - Lance Armstrong wins the first of his record 7 Tour de France titles.
- 2004 - The first of approximately 55 million LiveStrong bracelets are sold.
Really some cool history.