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Five cool things at Christmas: here are the winning bike-themed festive gifts!

We asked you to send us pics of the cycling-related goodies you got for Christmas, and you didn't disappoint us! Here are the five best, who will all bag a pair of socks as an extra pressie.....

Our weekly round-up of Five Cool Things usually shows off the latest and greatest products we've got in for testing here at but this time we gave you the chance to show us some of your favourite bike-themed Christmas gifts for the chance to win some stunning socks.

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Below are our five faves - of the things that are commercially available we've also been on a virtual hunt to find the same or similar products online, you'll see the buying links above the pics if you want one for yourself (or if you're one of those annoyingly organised types who wants some Christmas gift inspiration for 2020). Congrats to the winners and we hope all our readers have had a great Christmas! 

Flamme Rouge board game

flamme rouge board game reader Tommy has got a great excuse to pass on those long-winded games of Monopoly this festive season, as his new board game of choice will now undoubtedly be Flamme Rouge! This "fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game" sees each player controls a team of two riders (a Rouleur and a Sprinter) with players racing to cross the line first - it's suitable for ages 8 and up and is for two to four players. 

Pantani was a God book

Aeropex wireless bone-conducting headphones

Rapha chamois cream

five cool things presents Mark HB

Mark HB received this epic trio of cycling gifts - ideally the book, cream and the headphones won't be used all at the same time... 

Herne Hill Velodrome experience

mark frost velodrome

Lucky Mark Frost will be honing his velodrome skills at Herne Hill and learning from some of the best coaches in the country. He also got these lovely chocolate bicycles from Choc On Choc to sweeten the deal... 

cycling chocolates Mark Frost

...Merry Christmas Mark, and enjoy the track day! 

Flights to Mallorca 

Mallorca flights Goosey Karlsson

This is a gift we can all get behind... some flights to Mallorca, gratefully received by Facebook follower Goosey Karlsson! In case you didn't know, this Spanish island is officially the world's most popular for cycling, with hills a-plenty and some seriously epic views as a reward for your efforts. 

LEJOG bicycle print

lejog picture Teresa Day

We've saved our favourite until last... and it's this super special LEJOG-themed framed bike print received by Teresa Day from a friend. Teresa and her friend completed the mammoth challenge back in September, so this gift was particularly apt and meaningful of course. 

The five winners above have all been contacted - but just to reiterate if you are one of the famous five then please email jack.sexty [at] with your delivery address, shoe size and preferred sock colour (black or white), and we'll post your prize out to you when our hangovers have settled on the 2nd January!

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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