Friends cycle Boris Bike up French mountain – and return it with 22 seconds to spare

Metro

Three friends took a Boris Bike on a gruelling trip up a mountain in southern France and returned it before the 24-hour rental limit expired with just 22 seconds to spare.

Matthew Winstone, Ian Laurie and Robert Holden paid the £2 daily hire charge for the bike, which they took from New Kent Road in Southwark, south London, at 3.58am on October 26.

They then took it by van through the Eurotunnel and drove to Mont Ventoux, a Tour de France landmark, where Mr Holden, from Teddington, south west London, pedalled the three-speed 50lb (23kg) bike to the top.

Mont Ventoux became infamous when cyclist Tommy Simpson died of exhaustion just short of the summit in 1967.

Eddie Merckx needed oxygen after winning the climb in 1970 and this year Britain’s Chris Froome took a famous stage victory there on his way to winning the Tour de France.

Amazingly, the…

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