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The start of the Brompton World Championships at St James's Park, London. Picture Prudential RideLondon

Strangest bike race in the world

You might think that bikes have no place in a motoring column but bear with me. Bicycles, particularly in an urban environment, are often the ideal way to get around. A bike journey can often replace a trip by car, reducing traffic and pollution and making a positive contribution towards fitness. I’ve ended up owning a number of bikes, including the iconic Brompton folding bike, which is still hand-built in London. It gets its name because Andrew Ritchie, who invented it, could see the Brompton Oratory from his flat as he developed the first prototypes in the 70s. I use it around Ennis and when I’m picking up a test car in Dublin, it invariably gets chucked in the boot. I find it’s the easiest and fastest way around the city. I’ve even rocked up to car launches on it, which raised a few eyebrows initially. Owning a Brompton is like joining a club and our equivalent of the All-Ireland …

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Boy dies following quad bike accident

An eight-year old boy, seriously injured in a quad bike accident near Whitegate on Thursday night, has died in hospital from his injuries. Young Ultan Hayes was travelling on the bike with his father near the family home when the incident occurred at around 9:10pm. He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick, and later transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin, where he lost his fight for life on Friday. His father was also treated in hospital for injuries which were not serious.

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