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Some of our highlights from this week on two wheels...

1. Video: Cyclists ride into railway tunnel - and meet train coming the other way 


Two cyclists in Brazil got the 'freight' of their lives when they rode into a railway tunnel - and met a goods train coming straight towards them. Luckily, both managed to scramble to safety, leaving one of the bikes behind which they later retrieved as they continued their journey through the tunnel, presumably without further incident. Stupid much?
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2. Road casualties halved at London's Bank Junction since traffic other than buses and bicycles banned

Bank Junction before it was closed to traffic other than buses and cyclists (licensed CC BY 2.0 by Ronnie Macdonald)

The number of people killed or injured in road traffic collisions at London’s Bank junction has fallen by more than half since it was closed to all traffic other than bicycles and buses for 12 hours a day on weekdays. A decision on whether to make the ban permanent will be made in the coming months.
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3. Police in Surrey town giving yellow cards to pedestrian zone cyclists

Yellow card (licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 on Flickr by Jon Candy).jpg

Police in Woking, Surrey are giving ‘yellow cards’ to people who cycle through pedestrianised areas of the town centre in a move described as "utterly stupid," with the charity Cycling UK questioning the motives behind the initiative and calling for roads in the borough to be made safer for people on bikes.
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4. Japanese schoolgirl aged 11 wins patent for ingenious bike parking system based on magnetic forces

Parked bikes

A Japanese schoolgirl aged 11 has won a patent for a bicycle parking system which uses magnetic force to move the bikes either side of the one being parked or retrieved, thereby making the system easier and safer for people to use and preventing bikes from being damaged.
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5. Team Zwatt's €499 Zpider power meter arrives for testing - first look


Dave inspects this new power meter that began its life on Kickstarter over two years ago, before it gets the review treatment. 
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6. First look: Road Grand Tours, a new virtual training simulator

Could this new training platform knock Zwift off its perch?  Road Grand Tours has been in development for a couple of years and now as it nears completion, we got to virtually ride "some of the most breathtaking roads in the world" while getting the lowdown from founder and CEO Alex Serban... 
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7. Review: Rapha Pro Team saddle


Rapha announced their range of saddles this week, and as it happens our man Dave Arthur has been using one for the last few weeks. here's his review... 
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8. Caught by Strava – US cyclist charged with malicious wounding after being identified from one of his recent uploads


A cyclist who reportedly assaulted another cyclist on a Washington DC trail has been identified thanks to his Strava activity. Edward Shortnacy has been charged with malicious wounding for the incident, which took place on the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail last month.
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9. Neymar riding custom Scott Foil Disc in race to be fit for World Cup


Brazilian footballer Neymar has been presented with a custom Scott Foil Disc in Paris, complete with personalised quotes and his team's national colours on the frame. He's been cycling at least an hour a day in rehab ahead of the World Cup, after breaking his right metatarsal in February.      
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10. Video: Lars Boom disqualified from Tour of Norway for punching another rider

Lars Boom and Preben Van Hecke via YouTube

Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) has been disqualified from the Tour of Norway after he elbowed and then punched Sport Vlaanderen's Preben Van Hecke. You can see the incident in the video uploaded by FloBikes, in our article linked below. 
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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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