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11 things we’ve learnt this week

Fascinating stuff from the world

1 You’re not allowed to fit a 750w motor to a Boris Bike. 

Lizzie Armitstead in the rainbow jersey (copyright

2 Lizzie Armitstead won the World Road Race Championship without a computer on her bike. 

3 Extreme unicycling is a thing. 

4 There’s a Halloween ‘Bikeocalypse’ in London this weekend. Hwa-ha-ha! 

5 The use of Strava to draw pictures is an international phenomenon.

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6 High-tech fabrics can become more breathable as your body heat increases by opening up flaps

7 Many cyclists are still obsessed with shoe and sock colour

8 There’s a UCI hour record for the over-80s and it has just been broken by a man from Shropshire

9 You can use a bike to project a silhouette of a moving elephant onto buildings. 

Geraint Thomas in Bayern Rundfahrt leader's jersey 2014 (picture credit Bayern Rundfahrt)

10 Geraint Thomas believes he can win the Tour de France. 

11 It’s possible to ride 175 miles on your wedding day

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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