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Noun, noun phrase

Cycling events that are longer than the traditional distances

Example usage: 'I'm looking forward to participating in my first ultra distance cycling event this summer!'

Most used in: Countries with long distances between cities such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists who are looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Gran Fondo, Randonneuring, Audax, Ultra-Cycling,

What is Ultra Distance Cycling?

Ultra distance cycling events refer to long-distance cycling events that are categorized as being longer than a standard road race. These events can range from hundreds of miles to multiple thousands of miles and can be completed in a single or multiple stages.

These events are often considered to be more challenging as they require a high level of physical and mental endurance, due to the strenuous nature of the ride. Ultra distance cycling events are often referred to as “ultra-cycling”.

Currently, the longest ultra-distance cycling event is the Race Across America (RAAM), which is a 4800 mile race from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. The event is known for its extreme difficulty, and as of 2019, only 10% of participants have been able to complete the race within the allotted time.

Ultra distance cycling events are becoming increasingly popular, with more and more people taking part in them each year. In 2019, there were over 500 events across the globe, with a total of more than 10,000 participants.

Ultra distance cycling events are a great way to push yourself to the limit, and can provide an incredible sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.


The Origin of Ultra Distance Cycling Events

The term ‘ultra distance cycling event’ is used to describe any cycling event that is longer than the traditional race distances, such as marathons, triathlons, and Ironman events. The term was first used in the 1970s to describe long-distance bicycle races that were held in the United States and Europe.

The first ultra distance cycling event is believed to have been held in 1978 in the United States. It was a 6,000-mile race from New York to California. This race was known as the ‘Great American Bicycle Race’ and was the first of its kind.

Since then, the popularity of ultra distance cycling events has grown and today they are held in many countries around the world. They range from races that span a few hundred miles to multi-day events that can span thousands of miles. These events have become popular with both professional and amateur cyclists as they offer an exciting challenge and a chance to test their endurance.

Ultra distance cycling events have become a major part of the cycling world and have led to the emergence of a new generation of professional cyclists who specialize in ultra distance cycling. As the popularity of these events continues to grow, so too will the number of athletes who take part in them.

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