Man escorted off M23 motorway after betting mates he could cycle from London to Brighton

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Thousands of people cycle from London to Brighton each year, generally taking well-established routes, but one rider decided to mix things up a bit by taking to the M23 motorway.

The man ended up on the motorway on Saturday morning after making a bet with his mates that he could ride from London to Brighton.

Unfortunately he made a mistake at the junction between the A23 and the M23, taking the wrong road and finding himself riding down the hard shoulder of the busy motorway where he was picked up by police.

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"This chap made a bet with his mates that he could ride a bike from London to Brighton," Surrey Police wrote on Twitter. "Safely moved off the M23 to continue on his way.

"The rider is not a regular cyclist and had made a bet he could ride a bike from London to Brighton but got confused at the A23/M23 junction."

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.