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Multiple Olympic and world champion Marianne Vos on how women's cycling can rival the men's sport

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Ashling O'Connor: Participation in football is suffering the effects of complacency at the top

Football has belatedly realised it must make it easy for youngsters to take part

Sport funding: Football faces funding cut after participation fall

Football and tennis have been warned that their funding is at risk after both saw a decline in participation in England.

Sport England will have meeting with both the FA and the LTA after participation levels dropped

Sport England warn that both football and tennis could have funding reduced following drops in participation levels

Sport England will hold meetings with both the Football Association and the Lawn Tennis Association in order to address the alarming decline

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Is this the end of the road for the postman?

The postman on his bike could become a thing of the past thanks to Royal Mail's plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels. No wonder posties are in a spin, says Jamie Merrill

Man cycles down water slide in incredible stunt video

Video clocks up nearly a million hits in a day

'Boris Bikes' were introduced to the capital amid great fanfare in 2010

Barclays to discontinue its sponsorship of 'Boris Bikes' as cycle deaths on London roads increase

They were the gleaming pay-as-you-ride cycles designed to steer the capital towards a two-wheeled revolution. Now, just three years on, Barclays is preparing to part company with Boris Johnson's bicycle hire scheme in wake of increased public safety concerns and a mounting cycling death toll.

Sir Bradley Wiggins outside Buckingham Palace

Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted by the Queen in 'nerve-wracking' ceremony

The Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist was recognised for his services to cycling

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Cyclists' deaths: Green Party says Boris Johnson's junction improvements 'not enough'

Mayor says TfL will be setting out a programme to make 33 junctions safer

A memorial at King’s Cross, London, to cyclist Deep Lee, 24

Improve local cycling and we'll vote for you, activists tell council candidates

Cycling activists are planning a major political campaign at next year's local council elections to sway results in favour of bike-friendly candidates.

Pedal power: British cyclist Elizabeth Armitstead

Women cyclists face an uphill climb to attract sponsors

An event featuring some of the biggest names in the sport is struggling to find funding. Is it because the riders are female?

The British women's team pursuit have taken more than 10 seconds off their time in two months

Cycling World Cup: GB women smash own pursuit record – twice

“Let’s go faster,” suggested Katie Archibald, the newest addition to the women’s team pursuit line-up when questioned as to their ambition in Mexico this week at the second leg of the World Cup. And Archibald and her team-mates, Jo Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker, have done exactly that.

Martin Stanley started recording his journeys to work after a close shave with a driver

New breed of cycle warriors go digital by strapping on helmet-mounted cameras to take on dangerous drivers

But is filming other road users and posting footage online merely intrusive?

The Leader of the Commons, Andrew Lansley, and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Tom Brake, have proposed that in future years no more than three amendments to the Queen’s Speech will be allowed

Andy McSmith's Diary: An ingenious solution to blue-on-blue attacks - ban them

It’s the blue-on-blue attacks that really upset David Cameron, when Tory MPs launch a raid against their own government.

'I went straight in after the Olympics as I felt I had so much to prove. On reflection it was silly'

Jess Varnish: Aiming to shine again at Cycling World Cup

Briton rushed back to action after the heartache of missing out on a medal at 2012... and got injured. Now, she's fit once more and delighted to be back on track at the World Cup

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