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11 things we've learnt this week

Intriguing and strange facts and figures from the past seven days on

1. Shout abuse at the pro peloton and Mark Cavendish might stop and have a word.
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2. The world record for motor-paced cycling is 167mph.
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3. After his exploits on Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France, Chris Froome has been invited to take part in a 10km run in Barcelona.
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4. Transport for London and bus operator Arriva London are investigating footage posted to Twitter showing a bus driver apparently using an online betting app on his smartphone while at the wheel of his bus.
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5. Rachel Atherton is the first rider to complete a clean sweep in the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, winning all seven rounds.
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6. There’s a cover of Sia’s Cheap Thrills, by Kurt Hugo Schneider and singer Kina Grannis, that’s played on a bicycle. 
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7. Team Sky’s Ian Stannard can hold an average of over 300 watts for more than 4hrs.
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8. Torq makes a (low alcohol content) beer energy gel.
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9. Cyclist-attacking magpies remember their victims. No, really.
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10. Wegweiser, the name Lightweight has given to its newest wheelset, means ‘signpost in German.
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11. The world’s heaviest rideable bicycle weighs a whopping 1.08 tonnes.
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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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