Cycling is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. Cycling can be one’s hobby. One can also become a professional cyclist. Every year a one-day event is organized for the professional cyclists. Here they compete for the title of World Bicycle Champions. Furthermore, this championship tournament is called UCI Road World Championship Elite Men’s Road Race.
After winning this tournament the world bicycle champion earns the right to wear the rainbow jersey. He can also wear it for one whole year in any road race around the world or at any stage of events. Olympic games, commonwealth games, and tour-de-France are also some other cycling championship tournaments.
History Of The UCI Road World Championship
The championship tournament started in the year 1927 in Germany. Till now 85 times the championship has been held. The federation distributes rewards for three categories. The winner gets the gold, the cyclist in the second position gets silver and the third position cyclist gets bronze. Till now Belgium is on the top with 26 gold medals, followed by Italy with 19 gold medals and France with 8 gold medals. In addition, a total of 22 nations participate in the championship.
Bicycle Champions Of UCI Championship
Till now only six cyclists have successfully defended their title. They are Georges Ronsse, Rik Van Steenbergen, Rik Van Looy of Belgium, Gianni Bungo and Paolo Bettini of Italy and also Peter Sagan of Slovakia. In addition, Sagan is the only cyclist who has won gold for three consecutive years from the year 2015-2017. Till now Spaniard Alejandro Valverde has won a maximum of seven medals, 1 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze medals.
Tour De France
It is an annual cycling competition held in France. It is a multiple-stage bicycle race, where the cyclists occasionally pass through the nearby countries. The cyclists complete the race in 23 days and consists of 21 day-long stages. The participants cover around 3500 km. The organizers hold the competition in the month of July every year. They held the competition on 1st July 1903 for the first time.
Tour De France Bicycle Champions
Miguel Indurain, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, and Eddy Merckx, have won the maximum number of Tours. They have won 5 tours each. Indurain has won five consecutive Tours de France championships. He is the only cyclist to do that. Henri Cornet is the youngest winner. He was only nineteen years old at that time. Firmin Lambot is the oldest winner to win the tour de France. He was 36 years and 4 months old when he won the championship in 1922. French cyclists have won the maximum number of Tours with 36 tours. Belgian cyclists stand second with 18 tours, and Spanish riders are third with 12 wins.
Experts train these cycling champions. A team of experts tries lunges, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, burpees and squats regime to cyclists to strengthen their legs, thighs, and arms.