Road racing in its modern form originated in the late 19th centuary. The sport was popular in the western European countries of France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy. Some of Europe's earliest road bicycle races remain among the sport's biggest events. T While the sport has spread throughout the world, these historic races remain the most prestigious for a cyclist to win. Racing bikes are the strongest, toughest bikes around. They deliver durable, lightweight performance and an easy, stable ride.