The enthusiasm for Road cycling competitions began at the end of the 19th century and has not stopped growing since. Some big races attract around tens of million spectators and are watched by TV viewers all over the world.
The first race officially recorded dates back to 31 May 1868 at the ‘Parc de Saint-Cloud’, in Paris, and was won by the British rider, James Moore.
The first city to city race took place on 7 November 1869: Paris-Rouen. James Moore, once again the winner, rode 123 kilometres in 10h. 25 min. The organisers’ intention was to promote cycling and to demonstrate that the bicycle enabled considerable distances to be covered.
Road cycling has been part of the Olympic Games programme since its first edition in 1896.
The KZN Road Cycling Commission is the governing body of the sport in KZN and is affiliated to and forms part of KZN Cycling.
Road cycling competitions and formats are as follows: