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11 things we’ve learnt this week

The most interesting and/or weird facts from the past seven days on

1. Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Lawson Craddock can throw a jelly bean in the air and catch it in his mouth while riding no-handed.
Find out more here. Oakley C Six.jpg2. There’s a pair of Oakleys for sale on ebay for $24,999.99.
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Focus Izalco Max - front disc brake.jpg3. It’s possible to change a disc brake in a pro road race in about 19 seconds.
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4. You can get a grant for exploring the world by bike (well, you can if you're aged 18-25 years old).
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5. It doesn’t count against a team if one of its riders uses banned drugs for recreational purposes.
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6. The highest point ever reached in the Tour de France is the 2,802m (9,193ft) Col de la Bonette in the Alps.
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7. It has been possible to hide motors inside bicycles since the 1970s.
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8. There were 10.1 million Boris Bike cycle hires in the year to March 2015.
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9. The GB 4,000m team pursuit men’s quartet is aiming for 3:49mins at Rio 2016. That’s an average speed of 62.9km/h (39.1mph)
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10. The UCI scan bikes for hidden motors using a tablet computer.
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11. You can use a washing machine motor to power a bicycle. 
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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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