Icons of cycling: Stayer bikes

Stayer racing is one of the fastest ever forms of motor pacing

A motor-paced race at Herne Hill velodrome (Credit: ANL/REX/Shutterstock)

Stayer or motor-paced racing is a special branch of cycling that once filled huge stadiums and had its own world title.

There are still stayer races and, like all branches of cycling, stayer bikes have developed — with disc wheels replacing spokes, for example — but the demands the bikes meet, and adaptations made to do so, haven’t changed much in well over 100 years.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events, cyclinglegends.co.uk, and the Cycling Legends Podcast