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11 things we've learnt this week

Interesting, remarkable, and sometimes weird facts from the past seven days on

1.  1975 Mk2 Raleigh Chopper has been ridden up the Stelvio in under three hours. 
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2. It’s possible to unicycle around the edge of a 250 metre tall chimney.
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3. The public hire bike hour record is 32.72km (20.33 miles).
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4. You can be fined AUD$106 for cycling without a bell in Sydney, Australia.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins with his fifth Olympic gold medal (copyright

5. Sir Bradley Wiggins’ net worth is £13 million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
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6. A motorist won’t get compensation it they clip a postbox while ogling a cyclist. 
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7. Mick Ives has won 85 national titles in cycling.
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8. Two of Team GB’s team pursuit gold medallists from Rio 2016, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, will ride in the Tour of Britain.
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9. You can buy a gravel bike that weighs 6.7kg.
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10. Food at the Rio Olympics was “terrible”, according to Mark Cavendish.
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11. The Bianchi Oltre XR4 in a Campagnolo Super Record build is the most expensive complete bike we’ve had in for test at this year: £9,500.
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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. 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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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