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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc

1. Peter Sagan can ride side-saddle.
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2. French cyclist Lionel Tartelin has ridden up Mont Ventoux 379 times.
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3. Annual government spend on cycling in the Netherlands is around £30 per head and around 30 per cent of trips are made by bike.
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4. Two-time Olympic champion Philip Hindes goes around to Sir Chris Hoy’s place for turbo sessions.
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5. British Cycling hasn’t had a performance director since Sir Dave Brailsford left to concentrate on Team Sky in 2014. 
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6. People still let dogs off the leash at bike races with entirely predictable consequences.
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7. Houses may be demolished in New Zealand to make way for a planned cycleway.
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8. Cyclists can be dive-bombed by magpies.
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9. The checkpoints for next year’s Transcontinental race across Europe mean that riders will probably cover over 4,000km (2,500 miles).
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10. Bikes outnumber cars in Copenhagen’s traffic. 
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11. Halfords estimates its share of the UK bicycle market to stand at 26 per cent.
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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 road.cc 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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