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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on

1. Bradley Wiggins seems unsure of his true age.
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2. A Nigerian man is aiming to cycle 100km while balancing a football on his head. 
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3. Britain’s Olympic cyclists aren’t allowed to do the hoovering.
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4. The Factor 02 that AG2R La Mondiale will be racing on in 2017 has a claimed frame weight of just 740g.
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5. Alex Dowsett believes he can ride more than 54.526km in an hour.
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6. Drivers caught passing too close to cyclists twice in one year could have their car confiscated and crushed.
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7. Donald Trump holds the Box Hill KoM on Strava. Allegedly.
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8. Beaten US presidential election candidate Gary Johnson is planning to ride the 2,800-mile Tour Divide.
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9. Motor vehicle traffic in Britain covered 320bn miles in the year to September 2016.
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10. Fabian Cancellara won the last ever race of his pro cycling career, beating Sir Bradley Wiggins.
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11. Chicago could get an all-weather floating bike lane that’s four to seven miles long.
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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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