1.In 1817, Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage that would help him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, The machine became known as the “draisine,” and led to the creation of the modern-day bicycle.


2.There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as motorcars. Almost 500 million bicycles are in China.


3.About 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year.


4.Dutchman Fred Rompelberg is not just the oldest professional cyclist in the world but also holds the Absolute Speed World Record Cycling crown after achieving 166.94 miles per hour in the slipstream of a dragster in Salt Lake City in 1995.


5.The furthest anyone has ever cycled in 24 hours is just under 1,217 miles, achieved by American Michael Secrest in 1990.


6.The tallest rideable bicycle is more than 14 feet tall.


7.On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kms on the energy equivalent of a single liter of petrol.


8.The smallest adult bicycle ever created had wheels made from silver dollars.


9.The slow cycling record was set by Tsugunobu Mitsuishi of Japan in 1965 when he stayed stationary for 5 hours, 25 minutes.


10.Cycling was one of the nine original sports in the modern Olympic Games, having been on the program since the start (Athens 1896). However the first recorded race was 28 years earlier and took place just outside Paris, France.



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