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Terminology Bulletin 253
By Elizabeth Fragua. The Trilingual Cycling Glossary was prepared in anticipation of the upcoming Hamilton Road World Cycling Championships that took place on October 6-12, 2003. It contains over 200 entries, including terminological information on cycling in general.
Cycling is a sport of many disciplines. It involves both Olympic and non-Olympic competitions. There are three Olympic competitions: road racing, known for its stage races and time trials as in the Tour de France; track racing, for its endurance events, such as the Madison (paired) race and pursuit races, and sprint events, such as the match sprint and the Keirin (motor-paced) race; and finally mountain bike racing, which includes cross-country and downhill events. In addition, there is another Olympic competition, the Triathlon, which comprises a cycling race, a foot race and a swimming event. The non-Olympic cycling sports are BMX or bicycle motocross (acrobatics on wheels), cyclo-cross (an event in which the competitor rides and carries a road-type bike across rugged terrain), and cycle-ball (a German sport resembling soccer on bicycles).
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