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The UK National Cycling Centre FAQ (PDF) says: Why do the riders go anti clockwise? The Chariots in Roman times raced this way round, and athletic races and most other sports have followed in the same direction. The Straight Dope says: How do these things get started? I've gotten several letters asking why races are "always" counterclockwise, ...


Right lane drivers when taking a round-about by bike or car on the road do it counter-clockwise. I guess it was more natural for them to define it like this.

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