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11 things we’ve learned this week

Fascinating and/or weird facts from the past seven days on

1. The bike found to contain a motor at the Cyclo-cross World Championships didn't belong to racer Femke Van den Driessche but to a family friend. Apparently.
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2. You can get paid to ride up Mont Ventoux while juiced up on EPO (even if you’re not a pro cyclist!).
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vr gadget.png3. It’s possible to make your own virtual reality indoor trainer for just $40. 
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4. There’s a Guinness World Record for solving Rubik’s Cubes while cycling. 
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5. Chris Hill-Scott swapped shares in a tech start up for a bike, and those shares eventually became worth £25m.
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Stebles Bikes 1.jpg6. A carbon-fibre road bike exists with mudguards moulded into the frame and fork.
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7. More women cyclists are undergoing labia reduction surgery to avoid saddle discomfort.
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8. There’s an eBike World Championship and it’s scheduled to take place in Zolder, Belgium, where the hidden motor was discovered in a bike prepared for use by Femke Van den Driessche.
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9. The first bike equipped with SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting available in the UK will cost £6,000.
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10. VecchioJo played Fives at school. Shooting was an option too.
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11. The Brompton World Championship will be contested by 575 riders.
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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. 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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