11 things we’ve learnt this week

Strange and fascinating facts from the past seven days on road.cc

1. Pulling a 180 metre wheelie on the road can lead to a summons for careless and  inconsiderate cycling. 
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2. In Denmark 17% of journeys are made by bike.
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3. Blits, the name of a new model from Engineered Bicycles, means “lightning” and also “cool” in Dutch.
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4. One of the biggest innovations to be seen at this week’s UCI Track World Championships is a cup design that allows you to carry more beer.
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5. Double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton is now a winning amateur jockey with a strong chance of racing at the Cheltenham Festival.
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7. Cyclists’ safety has become an issue in Britain’s European Union membership referendum debate.
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8. Geraint Thomas can count on the support of Chris Froome in the Olympic road race in Rio if needed.
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9. The UCI checks for hidden motors with an iPad. 
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10. You can build a 6.5ft weather station on a bike.
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11. Cycling trips in London equate to 20% of all tube passenger trips.
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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 road.cc 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.