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The Greatest Bicycle Race: The Tour of California

In the world of competitive bicycle racing, one American sporting event stands far and away above all others — the annual Tour of California, the only American race included in the World Tour category of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The UCI is the organizational body that governs and oversees the most prestigious bike races in the world, including Europe's Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España competitions. Specifically, the Tour of California men's race is the 22nd of 37 international events on the UCI World Tour calendar, while the Tour's women's race is the eighth of 17 international events.

Original Spalding baseball

Baseball Pioneer: Albert Spalding

Although Albert Spalding's name is more famous for the sporting goods company he founded, many are not aware of his prominent role in the early formation days of the sport of baseball. Spalding was both a star pitcher and a player for baseball teams in Boston and Chicago, and, in the latter city, he went on to become the president of the team that later became the Chicago Cubs.