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11 things we’ve learnt this week

The most fascinating facts from the past week on

1. The world’s third biggest porn site is sponsoring an Italian cycling team.
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2. Riding without a bell on your bike can cost you $117 in Queensland, Australia.
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3. Riding up Mont Ventoux in Provence, France, via the three main roads from Bédoin, Malaucène, and Sault demands 136km of cycling and 4,443m of cumulative height gain.
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4. Former UCI president Pat McQuaid thinks that allowing disc brakes in the professional peloton is “totally ridiculous”.
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5. Bruce Berkeley rode 6,514 miles in January before abandoning his attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the distance cycled in a year.
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6. There’s a plan to launch a pop-up doughnut shop that’ll be transported around Paris by a cargo trike.
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7. Mark Cavendish gets upset if he can’t complete a Rubik’s Cube in under two minutes.
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8. You can now buy a power meter for as little as $295 (£211).
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9. Running a red light in Australia’s New South Wales is set to cost A$425 (£219).
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10. In Belgium you can buy a bottle of beer with a picture of Tom Boonen on the label.
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Victoria Pendleton with World gold (copyright British Cycling).jpg11. Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton was unseated on her National Hunt horse racing debut.
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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 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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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