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Noun, Adjective

Cycling events covering extreme distances, often in excess of 300 miles

Example usage: I'm training for an ultra-marathon-cycling event this summer.

Most used in: Long distance cycling circles, especially in Europe.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Gran Fondo, Randonneuring, Audax, Brevet,

What is Ultra-Marathon Cycling?

Ultra-marathon cycling is a type of cycling event that involves riding a bicycle over a long-distance course, usually exceeding 100 miles in one day. The distances can range from a few hundred miles to over 1,000 miles, sometimes over multiple days. Ultra-marathon cycling is sometimes referred to as Ultra-Cycling or Ultra-Distance Cycling.

Ultra-marathon cycling requires a high level of endurance, focus, and physical strength. Riders must have the stamina to cover long distances, often in extreme conditions such as high temperatures and strong winds. Riders must also have the mental focus to stay on course and meet the time requirements of the event.

In the United States, the Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) is the governing body for ultra-marathon cycling events. The UMCA holds national championships and awards points for riders who complete certain events. In 2017, the UMCA had over 1,000 members and sanctioned over 100 events.

Ultra-marathon cycling is a challenging and rewarding sport that can push riders to their physical and mental limits. If you're looking for a cycling challenge, ultra-marathon cycling is definitely worth considering.

The Origins of Ultra-Marathon Cycling

The term ‘ultra-marathon cycling’ was first used in the 1980s to describe long-distance cycling events. These events were typically held over distances of more than 1000km (620 miles) and were usually completed within a set time limit. The first such event is believed to have been the Race Across America (RAAM) which was first held in 1982 and takes place annually in the United States.

In the 1990s, the term 'ultra-marathon cycling' was adopted by other countries and events were held in Europe, Australia, and Asia. These events usually involve teams of two or four cyclists cycling for several days and nights, with no sleep or rest, in order to cover the long distances.

Today, ultra-marathon cycling is a popular sport and there are many events held around the world. These events are a great challenge for cyclists and allow them to test their endurance and strength.

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