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National Trust members are concerned that the natural habitat of Box Hill in Surrey will be at risk, should the beauty spot be included on the route of the 2012 Olympic Games road races.

They fear thousands of spectators trampling across the hillsides, home to a dozen species of orchid and 400 species of other flowering plants. It is also a habitat for 40 of the 58 species of British butterflies.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.