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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Chris Hoy of Great Britain and SKY+HD prepares for the Men's Sprint during day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome on October 31, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Britain is bonkers for its bicyclists. On Day 2 of the Olympics, the host nation won its first medal when cyclist Lizzie Armistead nabbed the silver in the women's road race. Then on Thursday, the team of Philip Hindes, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny teamed to win gold in the men's team sprint, which started an avalanche of British gold and world records in the velodrome. Hoy reportedly took up cycling at age 14 after being inspired by the flying bicycle scenes in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, "E.T." Cycling has been a major bright spot for Great Britain at the London 2012 Games and one British businessman cheered particularly loudly each time the cyclists won. Andrew Ritchie has shed blood, sweat and tears for his foldable bicycle company, Brompton Bicycle. Brompton is churning out 32,000 sturdy, colorful bikes that are turning into an urban sensation. But it was far from Easy Street back in the 1970s when Ritchie started down the manufacturing road. What began as an idea thou...

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