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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on

1. Michal Kwiatkowski averaged 443 watts for 5:47mins when climbing the Poggio at the end of last weekend’s Milan-San Remo.
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2. A rider taking on soft sand could be the funniest video you’ll see this week. 
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3. There’s such a thing as a full-suspension gravel bike.
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4. A new sign at the top of Mont Ventoux in Provence, France, will show a height of 1,897 metres rather than the 1,911 metres shown on the previous sign.
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5. The Guinness World Record for circumnavigating the world by tandem will probably be broken this weekend when George Agate and John Whybrow arrive back at Canterbury Cathedral.
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6. Injuries caused by Edinburgh tram tracks over the last seven years have resulted in a bill for the NHS of more than £1m, and the vast majority happened to cyclists.
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7. A pair of Mavic’s new Comete shoes will cost you £900.
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8. You can buy a Bianchi Oltre XR4 in more than 2,000 colour combinations.
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9. London’s North-South Cycle Superhighway has been nominated for a top civil engineering award.
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10. There are a hell of a lot of indicators for bikes being launched these days.
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11. You can take ride on a £2,899 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 at Bike LIVE Cannock.
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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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