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Boris Bike turns up in the Gambia - almost 4,500 km from London

Oxfam worker spots London hire bike in west Africa - TfL says it may have been donated to charity

Boris Bikes are starting to turn up in the most unusual places – and we don’t mean the wildernesses of southeast or north London not currently served by the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme.

Following Monday’s video of one being ridden up Mont Ventoux and returned to a docking station in London within 24 hours of it being picked up, today another has turned up in the Gambia.

The picture of the bike was posted to Twitter by Oxfam campaigns and policy director, Ben Phillips.

As yet, it’s unclear how the bike ended up nearly 4,500 kilometres from the British capital, though Transport for London is prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to whomever took it out there.

A spokesman, quoted in the London Evening Standard, said: "We have previously given a number of bikes to charities in Africa. We are still trying to work out where this particular one came from."

Twitter user Chris Tierney quipped, "That's a hell of a commute, but with property prices these days..."

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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