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Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc

1. Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta both have alarms set on their phones for 6pm every evening to remind him to make sure his Whereabouts information is correct for drug testing.
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Kristof Allegaert (still from Transcontinental Race interview)

2. Kristof Allegaert won this year’s Transcontinental Cycle Race in eight days, 15 hours and two minutes.
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3. People who drive as their main form of transport are an average of 4kg heavier than those who cycle.
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4. A large tree does not constitute the kind of solid object to which it’s safe to lock a bike.
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British Cycling logo at Lee Valley, World Championships 2016 (copyright Britishcycling.org_.uk).JPG

5. British Cycling’s Secret Squirrel Club is now called ‘Room X’.
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Richmond Park : Ham Common

6. Friends of Richmond Park say they found 182 gel wrappers and opening strips in just 600m of the RideLondon 100 course, 24 hours after the event.
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7. A man is riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats in virtual reality.
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8. Fabian Cancellara won the 54.6km (33.9 miles) Olympic time trial in 1:12:15hrs. That’s an average speed of 45.5km/h (28.3mph).
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Riders in a chain gang

9. Large groups of cyclists are the second biggest summer pet hate of motorists. Car litter louts are number one.
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10. A lawyer known as Mr Loophole believes that "religious people" who wear dark clothing due to their beliefs should wear high-visibility clothing in certain conditions.
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11. You can get a turbo trainer that simulates riding over cobbles.
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Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.