Quantified Cyclists and Stratified Motives: Explorations into Age-Group Road Cycling as Cultural Performance

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Groth, Stefan. 2014. „Quantified Cyclists and Stratified Motives: Explorations into Age-Group Road Cycling as Cultural Performance“. Ethnologia Europaea 44 (1): 38–56. Peer reviewed.

Keywords

peerreview, mass sports, road cycling, rationalization, quantification, competitiveness

Abstract
Building on ethnographic work with German recreational cyclists, this paper analyzes competitive motives in hobby races and training. Laying open the construction of non-competitive recreational sports as part of the dichotomy between work and leisure, the analysis turns to competitive stimuli in performative experience and examines their effects. These range from short-term efforts in races and group rides to the structuring of training and race schedules. Looking at how motives fluctuate between different layers of competitiveness, three main developments and currents influencing road cycling are observed: the popularity and possibility of big urban events, the increase of quantification, the transparency and availability of data and knowledge, and the permeability of life worlds to competitive norms.
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Peer reviewed

BibTeX
@article{Groth2014aa,
  author = "Groth, Stefan",
  journal = "Ethnologia Europaea",
  keywords = "peerreview, mass sports, road cycling, rationalization, quantification, competitiveness",
  annote = "Peer reviewed",
  number = "1",
  pages = "38--56",
  pdf = "",
  title = "Quantified Cyclists and Stratified Motives: Explorations into Age-Group Road Cycling as Cultural Performance",
  volume = "44",
  year = "2014"
}