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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 joined the reality ski jumping show The Jump because he’s afraid of getting fat.
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2. The most effective and aerobically efficient way to climb on gradients up to 10% is seated, but out-of-saddle pedalling can boost your power output and helps you to produce the required power to tackle gradients in excess of 10%.
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3. Tom Boonen is the first professional rider to win a road race on a bike fitted with disc brakes.
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4. You can get tyre levers that fit inside your handlebar and double as bar end plugs.
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5. Despite being sponsored by SRAM, Team Katusha uses direct mount brakes from Shimano.
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6. Campagnolo’s mid-level Potenza groupset can be made to look stunning when it’s polished up and classic Campag logos have been added.
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7. You can buy heated winter insoles whose temperature can be controlled via a smartphone. 
Find out more here. 

8. Cyclists account for up to 70 per cent of all traffic using Blackfriars Bridge in London at peak times.
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9. One in 10 people in the UK have forgotten how to ride a bike.
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10. It’s possible to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats through virtual reality.
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11. Shimano has a sports camera that will start recording when you hit a preset speed, power, or position in your ride.
Find out more here. 

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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