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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts you might have missed from the past seven days on

1. Danny MacAskill can ride on top of a rolling hay bale.
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2. Lance Armstrong still has seven Tour de France winner’s yellow jerseys on display in his home.
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3. The late comedian and actor Robin Williams owned a Schwinn Apple Picker Krate Stingray child’s bike, among dozens of others.
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4. The edges of rotors will have to be rounded off to minimise the risk of cuts when the trial of disc brakes in UCI road events recommences in January.
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5. A Saudi Arabian cycling fan rode 560km across the desert to get to the World Championships.
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6. Buy Rapha’s new Peace Race jersey and you also have the option of buying a board game based on the 1952 edition of the race.
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7. A cyclist has been chased by a pack of creepy clowns in a Ford Fiesta.
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8. Oakley Radar Pace smart glasses allow you to receive real-time performance-based data without taking your eyes off the road.
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9. There’s such as thing as a bike light that doubles as a 140 decibel alarm.
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10. A picnic bench in Usk has been painted gold to mark the fact that Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish had tea and cake there.
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11. There’s a glow-in-the-dark cycle path in Poland.
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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. 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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