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Cycling is an Up and Coming Sport in Nigeria

Cycling first started off as a sport in Nigeria back in 1972, and it has come on in leaps and bounds since then. Before it became a sport, cycling was just used as a means to relax and keep fit. Cycling is an expensive sport in Nigeria as the bikes and other equipment that is needed has to be shipped in from Europe, Asia, and America. The costs involved makes it hard for many Nigerians to become professional cyclists. Nigeria's First Cycling Club Nigeria’s first cycling club was the “Armstrong Cycling Club”, which was created in 1956 in LAgos. Pa Sobayo was the founder of the club, while other prominent members included Chief Kunle Oyero, Rev. Father Slattery, and Prince T. O. Alade. Six years later, a group of young men by the names of S. S. Bassey, J. J. Umoh, and U.U Samuel joined the club, and Nigeria’s first modern cycling race took part later that year. The race is believed to have been 20 miles long, and it was won by J. J. Umoh. At the time, Nigeria was split into four regions, but these four regions were eventually split into states, and each state had their own cycling association, which was known as the State Amateur Cycling Association, which went on to become the governing body to oversee cycling development in each state. The Nigeria Amateur Cycling Association, which is now known as the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, is the top cycling association in the country. It was formed in 1972 and it has done an awful lot to help improve cycling as a sport in Nigeria. Nigeria's Success at Cycling Events In 2019, the very first Africa Cup Track Cycling event took place, and Nigeria showed that they are the best cycling nation on the continent. Over the course of the event, the Nigerian cycling team picked up 8 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and three bronze medals to finish at the top of the medal table by some distance. To give you an idea as to how far ahead of the rest of the competition they finished, Egypt came in second with three golds, one silver, and three bronze medals. Great Nigerian Cyclists Tombrapa Gladys Grikpa, born 1993, is one of Nigeria’s most successful cyclists. She competes on both road and track and had her first bit of success back in 2o13, when she picked up silver in the African Championships for the team time trial. She then competed at the African games in 2015 and won a gold and a silver medal. The gold came in the team time trial, while the silver came in the road race. She then took a break from racing for a few years, but she competed at the African Championships in 2019, where she won the silver medal in the sprint and the bronze medals in the 500m time trial and the Keirin - these were the only medals Nigeria got. Mary Samuel is another talented Nigerian cyclist. She showed her talent while cycling at the 2019 African Women Track Championship as she secured gold in the Junior Point Race, silver in the individual pursuit, and silver in the Women Junior Sprint. Betting on Cycling in Nigeria Betting on cycling in Nigeria is increasing in popularity, especially as the country continues to have success in the cycling world. Popular bets for Nigerian cycling betting fans include the race winner, stage winner, and head-to-head. With the head-to-head bet, bettors need to select two riders and say which one will finish higher come the end of a particular stage or race. There is also the option of betting on King of the Mountains, which is where you try and predict the rider that will perform the best in the mountainous terrain. Source: http://www.cfn.ng/about-us.html

Let’s Take a Closer Look at How British Cycling Became So Good

If there is one sport that Great Britain has achieved a lot of success in over the last twelve years or so it is cycling. At the last three Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016), there was not a country that could a glove (or should we say tire?) on them in the velodrome. In 2008 and 2012 they amassed 7 gold medals, and in 2016 they picked up another 6 golds. At those three games alone the British cycling team picked up 32 medals in the velodrome. How Did This Success Arise? Before their era of dominance, they often performed very poorly in cycling events in the velodrome or on the road. For example, at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, they picked up a solitary gold medal for cycling. Sydney 2000 was not much better with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, while Athens 2004 saw them pick up two golds, one silver, and one bronze medal. So, how did they go from underperforming to wiping the floor with everyone? How did they become the first nation in the world to win three grand tours in one year with three different cyclists? How did Great Britain become the first country to win five consecutive grand tours? There are a number of different things that helped them become the cycling elite, but the most powerful one is pretty simple – money. British cycling has benefited greatly from the vast investment that has been made in it. They used to be so bad at cycling that the British government decided that something had to be done, so in 1998 they pumped a lot of lottery funding into the sport with the aim of being the best cycling nation on the planet by 2012. This goal was achieved with some time to spare. Some of the Best British Cyclists Over the years there have been some excellent British cyclists, and we shall take a look at two of the best right now. Chris Hoy When it comes to cycling great, Chris Hoy sits there at the top of the pile. During his cycling career he picked up six golds and one silver medal and he has been world champion no fewer than eleven times. At the 2008 Olympics, he picked up three golds, which made him the first British Olympian to win three golds at one Olympic Games since Henry Taylor achieved the same feat in 1908. Bradley Wiggins Wiggins is Britain’s most successful Olympian thanks to the five golds, two silvers, and one bronze medal that he won at the Olympics. In 2012, he became the first Brit to claim the Tour de France title, and then not long after that he went on to win the London Time-Trial. In 2014, he added the World Time-Trial trophy to his CV, which meant that he held the Olympic, British, and World time-trial titles at once. In 2015 he broke the Hour Record, which is where a cyclist is given one hour to cycle as far as he can. In the one hour that he was given, he cycled 54.53km, and he held the record for nearly four years. Betting on Cycling Britain’s cycling success has made the sport very popular in Britain, and sports fans love to follow it. As well as watching it, they also love to place bets on it. Bookies where you can find here are well aware of this fact, which is why any self-respecting bookie nowadays will offer their customers a variety of cycling markets. So, what type of things will you be able to bet on if you take up cycling betting? Well, we have listed the most popular for you below: Race winner Top three finish Top ten finish Stage betting King of the Mountain Young rider betting As you can see, there are plenty of things to keep cycling betting fans highly entertained. Source: https://www.teamgb.com/sport/cycling-track/sBuU4rBrcwVhFRZzJ8XdE