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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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Philip Hindes TWC Manchester 2013 (c) Britishcycling.org.uk

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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Barrington Street (bottom left) and Roker Street (top right) in Christchurch, NZ (source Bing Maps).PNG

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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 Transcontinental 2017 Presentation  Muur Start (Photo - Cycling In Flanders).jpg

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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Christianshavn and bicycles (picture Ursula Bach for Copenhagen City Council).jpg

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 worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.