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The bike is the most common means of transport in the modern world, with around two billion individual bikes in circulation at any one time. Many countries rely heavily on bikes as their primary modes of transport, for business, recreation and fitness. This series will focus on the relationship that different countries around the world have with biking and how two wheels and a metal frame carry them from A to B and beyond. Today we’re focusing on the Netherlands. Where else can your mind go when you think “biker nation”? With 1.3 bikes per capita, they have the highest...

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I’d like to begin a new series on this blog, called “Spotlight”, where I’ll focus on various parts of the UK and highlight what’s so great about them, with regards to cycling. Every journey starts by stepping out your front door, so today I’m focusing on a place close to my own heart and home. Leith Hill sits in the middle of the Surrey Hills, twenty-five miles outside of London, and marks the highest geographical point in the South East of England. Quite a climb, you might be thinking, but don’t worry – It carries the “highest point” title due...

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It cannot be overstated, just what an impact this year has had on the world and on its future so far. People are losing jobs, businesses are closing left, right and centre with no certainty of if they'll ever reopen. As people lose family members, old and young, make no mistake: this is our Great War. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, as the saying goes. Strange as it sounds, it may never have been a better time to be a cyclist. Much was made, initially, of the apparent and potential dangers of the virus. It pays to be...

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British cycling has seen a bit of an uptick in the last decade. From amateurs on Boris bikes to professionals taking Grand Tours by storm, the whole country looks, more and more, to be trading four wheels in for two. This is illustrated best by looking at Great Britain’s exploits in the Tour de France over the last decade – having never done so in the century of history that precedes it, we’ve since won it six times! From Bradley Wiggins and those unmistakeable sideburns to Geraint Thomas and, of course, not forgetting the embodiment of British sport that is...

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It is almost ten years now, since the retirement of one of cycling’s most iconic figures, amid great controversy. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) took a standard collection of blood samples from this cyclist, which would lead to the downfall of the greatest hero in the history of the sport – Lance Armstrong. A seven-time Tour de France winner, Armstrong overcame testicular cancer and almost certain death to return to the sport he loved. When diagnosed by his urologist, he was told he had a twenty to fifty percent chance of survival, but the medic later admitted that this...

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