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Man bets friends he can cycle from London-Brighton - and gets stopped by police on M23

Rider "is not a regular cyclist" and took wrong turn onto the M23, say Surrey Police...

A man who bet his friends that he could cycle from London to Brighton had his ride stopped by police this morning - because he had taken a wrong turn onto the M23 motorway.

In a tweet posted at 9.20am, the Surrey Roads Policing Unit confirmed they had escorted the man - described as "not a regular cyclist" - off the motorway, where cyclists are banned.

They said: "This chap made a bet with his mates that he could ride a bike from London to Brighton. Safely moved off the M23 to continue his way."

Officers added: "The rider is not a regular cyclist and had made a bet he could ride a bike from London to Brighton but got confused at the A23/M23 junction."

They didn't reveal how much money was at stake.

Last month, we reported how a pro cyclist took a wrong turn onto a motorway in France as he tried to find a shortcut to the finish of Paris-Roubaix after abandoning the race.

> Lost in France – rider ends up on motorway after abandoning Paris-Roubaix

UAE Team Emirates rider Andrea Guardini was escorted off the motorway by a Gendarmerie patrol, who took him to their barracks where he was able to watch the end of the race. I return, he gave them his jersey, complete with his race number.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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