by: the Common Constitutionalist
With the 2016 Summer Olympics rapidly approaching, cyclists the world wide are busily training. Cycling enthusiast websites and blogs have informed their followers to mark their calendars for August 6 – 20, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial courses have officially been confirmed by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and the International Cycling Union (UCI). The American odds on favorites to medal are 22 year Taylor Phinney and 24 year old Tejay Van Garderen.
Besides the road race, there are other cycling events. There’s Track Cycling, Mountain Biking and BMX, where adults and semi-adults ride those kids’ bikes, flying through the air, performing insane maneuvers. 19 Connor Fields is the American BMX favorite.
As you can see, most Olympic events are designed for younger competitors. Older Olympic hopefuls find it difficult if not impossible to compete.
However, there is an event that is gaining popularity, if not worldwide, certainly here in the United States. It’s the sport of backpedaling.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has been lobbying the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hard to add backpedaling to the list of new events, including golf and rugby sevens, starting in 2016 at the Rio Games.