Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Brief History of US Cycling

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.


  1. Interesting facts - pretty cool that Chicago held the first world track cycling championships!

  2. Interesting, thanks for sharing. I know so little about cycling!

  3. 2008? 09? - Kovas Palubinskas buys a Look with a full Campy gruppo.

    2011 The US based HTC/Highroad Team is the number 1 team in the Protour peleton by any number of metrics.

  4. 2012 - Chris K buys a bicycle. Naaaaah

  5. 2013 - Patrick Mahoney stops asking Chris K to buy a bicycle.

  6. That's alot of bracelets...I wonder what the total to date is.

  7. i liked this. you need to post more 'facts' on your blog. some good stuff fo sho.



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