Cycling has not been around for long in comparison to other popular sports, having come about as a novelty only in the 1800s, and not being competitive by modern standards until the 1900s. The bicycle is a relatively new invention, and has undergone massive changes since its original inception.
The earliest version of a bicycle was propelled by the legs of the rider, and was not an especially comfortable or convenient design. Regardless, the design was quickly adopted and modified in multiple countries. The first bicycle to use a peddle and crank system came about in 1868.
The 1868 design later developed into the more commonly known penny-farthing, named for the unusual size of its wheels. Although spectacular to look at, the penny-farthing was clumsy and awkward to ride.
It was not until 1890 that bicycles began to resemble their modern design, and the period in time is commonly referred to as the ‘bicycle golden age.’ Bicycles became a phenomenon at this point, and exploded across the world with astonishing popularity. Only much would cycling evolve into morn competitive sport seen today.
Competitive cycling is characterised by riders who aim to achieve a winning time over a regulated course. The sport can be classified into on-road and off-road versions, with on-road cycling taking place over tarred roads in relatively safe conditions, and off-road taking place over much more treacherous and difficult terrain.
The off-road version is often referred to as BMX racing, named after a brand of bicycles specifically designed to tackle difficult terrain. Besides the terrain, one of the main differences is the type of bicycle used.
On-road cycling uses a bicycle designed for speed, with the focus being on making the bicycle as light as possible. Small, exceptionally light frames are used, and as much unnecessary weight as possible is removed.
The recognisable curved handlebars are designed to allow the rider to maintain control, while still weighing as little as is conceivable. The rider is also fitted to be as aerodynamic as can be achieved with specialised clothing and gear.
Off-road cycling requires bicycles that can deal with rough, difficult to traverse terrain.
The bicycle designs feature much more robust wheel designs, and the handlebars allow for a tighter grip from the rider. The rider will also have protective gear to avoid injury.
Both off-road and on-road cycling has options on the top betting sites in Australia, with the focus more on on-road events, such as the infamous Tour De France.
Online bookmakers will often provide a list of popular riders with fixed odds, which helps bet makers narrow down the choices to a more manageable number. Since cycling events are often attended by hundreds of cyclists, understanding who the best choices are is essential.
A fixed odds bet means that the bookmaker will determine the likelihood of racers winning, and attach a fixed payout for that racer. The more likely the race is to win, the lower the payout will be. The less likely the racer is to win, the higher the payout will be. This keeps the betting scene interesting and exciting.