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The history of cycling

1816
Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun invents first bicycle called Swiftwalker, also known as Draisine

1819
Swiftwalkers used in first recorded bicycle race in Germany

1839
Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan believed to have built first pedal-powered bicycle

1868
First ever bicycle race takes place in France

1888
First all-women cycling club formed in Washington DC

1891
First cement track built at Putney Velodrome in London. International Cycling Association (ICA) formed

1895
Annie Londonderry becomes first woman to cycle around world

1896
First Olympic road race

1900
International Cycling Union (UCI) formed

1903
First Tour de France

1936
First mass-start road race at Berlin Olympics

1984
Women's cycling events commence at Los Angeles Olympics

1990
Women's events introduced at Auckland Commonwealth Games

1996
Professional cyclists allowed to compete in Olympic Games

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