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Year of the first NC road race per country

Hi gang,

As the NC's are fully upon us and I'm still looking for ways to identify traditional cycling countries I made a list of the year in which different countries hosted their first men's NC road race. I couldn't find a year for all countries in my selection and I got all my information from (French) Wikipedia so I thought I'd throw it out here to see if you guys can help me fill in the gaps.

List and some musings on it after the flip.

Country First Road NC
Netherlands 1888
Switzerland 1892
Belgium 1894
Spain 1897
Italy 1906
France 1907
Sweden 1909
Germany 1910
Luxembourg 1922
Canada 1939
UK 1943
Norway 1946
Australia 1950
Ireland 1953
Austria 1969
Portugal 1985
Denmark 1986
Kazakhstan 1989
Latvia 1989
Lithuania 1989
Russia 1989
Ukraine 1989
Poland 1990
Czech Republic 1997
Estonia 1997
Slovenia 1998
Slovakia 2000
China 2003
Argentina ?
Brazil ?
Colombia ?
Japan ?
Mexico ?
New Zealand ?
South Africa ?
USA ?
Venezuela ?

 

First NC road race was held in the Netherlands. That's a surprise huh? I was surprised at least. On the other hand, I recently read some articles about the vibrant Dutch cycling culture before 1900. However, many complaints by the public led to an outright nationwide ban of cycling races on public roads and completely ruined all cycling tradition for decades to come.

But anyways, all questionmark countries have NC's obviously but Wiki only gave me the last 10 or so. Please shout out if you know more. Countries previously part of bigger countries (ex-yugoslavian, ex-Czech-Slovak, ex-USSR) get the year of the first NC in their former political entity.

I grouped the first 6 as the 'traditional six' earlier so this proves my point. But Germany is again very close.

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