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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on

1. Sir Bradley Wiggins will retire after competing in the Six Days of Ghent – Ghent being the city in which he was born.
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2. Mount Evans in Colorado is 4.307m high and the Col Collective has climbed it.
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3. readers’ favourite cycling food is… cake.
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4. Paul Smith has launched a watch that takes inspiration from the design of stopwatches used to keep time in the velodrome.
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5. You can buy a bike that formerly belonged to Olympic Champion Joanna Rowsell Shand for under £800.
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Annemiek van Vleuten (picture

6. Annemiek van Vleuten, the Dutch rider who crashed while leading the women’s Olympic road race, doesn’t think the final descent on which she fell was unusually dangerous.
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Lauren Van Riessen Velodrome wall ride Rio Olympics 2016

7. It’s possible to ride a wall of death at the Olympic velodrome.
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8. The Brompton factory produces 150 folding bikes every 24 hours. 
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 Chris Froome celebrates winning the 2013 Tour de France (picture copyright Simon

9. Chris Froome has a peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) of 84 mL kg-1 min-1 and he performs best in hot and humid conditions.
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10. Germany’s Kristina Vogel believes the British riders have been ‘cannon fodder’ in international competitions between London 2012 and Rio 2016.
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Laura Trott in the omnium at Rio 2016 (copyright

11. Laura Trott is Britain’s most successful ever female Olympian with four golds.
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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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Freddy56 | 7 years ago

Paul smith watches are dull and done a thousand times. Brompton rock and lead English style

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