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Top ten cycling stories you might have missed this week

The pick of the bunch from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap…

1. Edinburgh’s dockless bike stations close due to 'wanton destruction'​

Just Eat Cycles in Edinburgh

The dockless stations for Edinburgh’s Just Eat Cycles bike hire scheme are to close due to unexpectedly high levels of vandalism. The Scotsman reports that all 31 ‘virtual stations’ are to be closed. Just Eat Cycles said that as well as significant damage, 50 bikes had gone missing.
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2. Cyclists deliver match whistle to Rugby World Cup after riding from Twickenham to Japan

James Owens and Ron Rutland (via YouTube)

Two cyclists have delivered referee Nigel Owens’ whistle for the opening game of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, having set off from Twickenham on February 2. Ron Rutland and James Owens have covered 12,485 miles across 27 countries to reach the World Cup, raising over £65,000 for the tournament's official charity, ChildFund Pass It Back.
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3. Birmingham club cyclist deliberately pushed off by masked motorbike passenger

Long Nuke Road (via StreetView)

Police are appealing for information after a club cyclist was pushed off by a motorbike passenger in Birmingham on Tuesday. Andrew Marsden, 67, said that as the men rode off, they also tried to push a friend he was riding with.
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4. UK safety camera specialists launch "world's first dual lens helmet camera", that records front and rear

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Clacton-based safety camera brand Techalogic are about to launch what they say is the first  all-in-one helmet camera with dual lens, front and rear recording. 
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5. Study claims cyclists wearing helmets less likely to die from injuries

Helmet Row (picture copyright Simon MacMichael)

A new study has found that most people who are injured while riding bikes in the United States were not wearing a cycle helmet at the time of the incident, and that people who were wearing one were less likely to die from their injuries.
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6. Swiss pro in snapped steerer crash tweets (and deletes) broken Bianchi pic​

Simon Pellaud Bianchi Specialissima

From our Wednesday live blog, Swiss pro cyclist Simon Pellaud tweeted – and swiftly deleted but not before it was screengrabbed – a picture of the Bianchi Specialissima bike he was riding when he crashed spectacularly as he sprinted for second place at the Tour du Doubs last Sunday.
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7. Near Miss of the Day 309: Perhaps the quickest close pass we’ve seen (on a country road, with oncoming traffic)​

This near miss is remarkable for both the speed at which the car is being driven and for how little the motorist moderates their driving when confronted by the combination of a cyclist and oncoming traffic.
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8. What's it like to ride Zwift's Yorkshire Worlds course? 

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Zwift has released a Yorkshire worlds course ahead of the UCI Road Race Championships next weekend, so Dave fired up the smart trainer and went for a spin to see what it’s all about..
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9. Met cycle cops' “Half our enforcement is on cyclists” Tweet gets strong response from London Cycling Campaign and Cycling UK

Met Cycle Task Force bike (copyright Transport for London)

Cycling campaigners have urged the Metropolitan Police’s Cycle Safety Team to work with councils to identify why some cyclists break the law and find a solution to safety issues that lead them to do so, and to target those road users who have greater capacity to harm others.
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10. Routes announced for the Dragon Ride 2020... this year the courses are reversed

Dragon Ride 1-36

It's without a doubt one of the most legendary and iconic sportives in the world... and now the epic Dragon Ride has announced the new reversed routes way ahead of time, so you can get yourself prepared for a truly epic day in the saddle on the 7th June 2020... see you there!
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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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