What is Road Cycling in 7 Important Steps

Road cycling is a popular discipline of cycling that involves riding on paved roads. It is often distinguished from other forms of cycling, such as mountain biking or track cycling, by its focus on speed and endurance. Road cycling can be done for recreation or as a competitive sport. As a road cyclist, I hope to share with you my knowledge about road cycling in the simplest form. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Istanbul 24H Boostrace - Intercity Park - Ege Onat Doguslu and another racer road cycling

Istanbul 24H Boostrace – Intercity Park – Ege Onat Doguslu and another racer

Road Bikes

The riders, or cyclists, who participate in road cycling are typically outfitted with specialized road bikes, which are designed for speed and efficiency on paved surfaces. These bikes typically feature narrow tires, dropped handlebars, and lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber. The bike handling skills of riders is important as they need to navigate on the road.

Although these types of bikes can be a little too expensive, there is always an option to look into second hand options. It’s probable to find a good second hand road bike for a reasonable price. They can either be found on second hand websites or at your nearest local bike shop. 

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Races and Competitions

When it comes to road cycling, there are a variety of events that riders can participate in. These include individual time trials, in which riders race against the clock, and multi-stage tours, such as the Tour de France, which cover long distances and can last for several weeks. Additionally, there are many cycling events for recreational riders like Granfondo or mass participation ride. There are quite a few Granfondos organized in Turkey every year. Some of these include Bodrum Granfondo, Cesme Granfondo, Turkcell Granfondo Series and Granfondo Ankara. I almost participated in all of these Granfondos in 2022 and planning on doing the same in 2023!

Turkcell Granfondo Istanbul

Turkcell Granfondo Istanbul

Cycling Teams

Team tactics also play a big role in road cycling. In team events, riders work together to achieve a common goal, such as helping a teammate win a race or finish with a strong time. The team dynamic helps riders in achieving the goal. For example, with my team BikePedia Racing, we strategize our races before every competition. We support and motivate each other. 

BikePedia Racing Team and Ege Onat Doguslu
BikePedia Racing Team

Cycling Wear 

Cycling jerseys

Cycling jerseys are also an important part of road cycling culture. These brightly colored shirts are designed to be both stylish and functional, featuring aerodynamic cuts and breathable materials that help keep riders cool and dry. They can also come handy when it comes to riding your bicycle early in the mornings or when it’s dark at night. 

male cyclists in helmets riding bikes on road near trees
Photo by Munbaik Cycling Clothing on Pexels.com

Bicycle helmets

Also, a bicycle helmet is an essential piece of safety equipment for basically any cyclist. It helps protect the head from serious injury in the event of a crash or fall. Bicycle helmets come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors to fit any rider’s needs. They are designed to absorb impact and reduce the risk of head injuries. When choosing a bicycle helmet, it is important to get one of higher quality and not hesitate to look into the expensive helmets.

Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on Pexels.com
Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on Pexels.com

Bike lights

Lastly, bike lights are an essential safety feature for cyclists. They provide visibility to other road users, allowing them to be seen in low light or at night. They can be small LED lights that attach to the handlebars or seat post or larger headlights that mount on the front of the bike. Remember to have one with you during long rides and also keep extra batteries with you! 

Weather Conditions

Weather can also play a big role in road cycling, particularly when it comes to temperature. Hot weather can make it difficult for riders to stay cool, while cold weather can make it difficult to maintain proper body temperature. Bad weather can also make for challenging conditions on the road, with rain and wind making it difficult for riders to see and stay upright.

How Important is the Frame?

Frame materials are also important in road cycling. Carbon fiber is a popular choice for road bike frames due to its strength, low weight, and ability to dampen road vibrations. However, Aluminum frames are also popular due to it being a affordable option.

Ege Onat Doguslu with Rose during Istanbul 24h Boostrace

Ege Onat Doguslu with Rose during Istanbul 24h Boostrace

Cycling Communities

Cycling tips and Cycling Weekly also form an important part of the road cycling community. There are many resources available for riders looking to improve their skills and learn more about the sport, including cycling coaches and cycling strategy. Cycling activist is another important aspect as they strive to improve the safety and rights of cyclists on the road.

What’s next?

I hope that this article helps you take your first steps in starting road cycling and becoming a road cyclist! I will be sharing more cycling tips in the next posts. Let me know if you have any questions or anything else you’d want to talk about. Thanks for reading!





2 responses to “What is Road Cycling in 7 Important Steps”

  1. Sule Avatar

    Great content! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sunçe Selin Doğuşlu Avatar

      Thanks for the feedback!

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