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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 06:31 GMT 07:31 UK
Cyclists win rush-hour challenge
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Four cyclists finished the 2.2-mile course in 10 and 11 minutes
Cyclists have proved the fastest rush-hour commuters in a city centre challenge between walkers, drivers, cyclists, a bus and a wheelchair.

Everyone taking part was timed from Cowley Road to Oxford train station.

All four cyclists won the challenge, finishing in 10 or 11 minutes, while a unicyclist and a motorised wheelchair user came joint second in 20 minutes.

Bus users took 21 minutes, while two car drivers took 26 and 34 minutes - just ahead of the walkers.

Those taking part set off at 0815 BST on Tuesday.

The Cycling Campaign for Oxford, or Cyclox, who organised the event, said the results mirrored last year's challenge along Oxford's Botley Road.

They hope to repeat the 2.2-mile Cowley Road route next year to see whether 1m of safety improvements has any effect on the results.

James Styring, Cyclox co-ordinator and organiser of today's event, said: "Yet again, on a different cross-city route, the bike is quicker than any other form of transport at peak commuting times."

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