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Volta a La Marina race in Benidorm abandoned on safety grounds

It’s not just the UK that’s been buffeted by strong winds in recent days, with a video posted to YouTube showing how hurricane force winds in southern Spain caused a bike race in Benidorm to be abandoned.

The 153 rider had just set off on the neutralised start for the third round of the Volta a la Marina when they were “surprised by hurricane force gusts,” reported as reaching 100 kilometres an hour and blowing some riders over, according to organisers.

Not only was it impossible to pedal into the wind, but riders were also forced to unclip to stay safe as well as some having to fight to stop their bikes from being blown away.

Following discussions with the Guardia Civil the race jury took the decision to cancel the race, which forms part of a competition for regional clubs held on weekends from January to March.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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efail [105 posts] 1 year ago
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Softies. Normal weather when out for a spin in West Cumbria. 

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CXR94Di2 [1634 posts] 1 year ago
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Reverse route. , see who can hit 60mph on the flat  1 Bloody strong wind

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Angry Egg [32 posts] 1 year ago
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#5 sorely lacking obviously!  3

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captain_slog [394 posts] 1 year ago
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Bit like this evening's commute, then. With sunshine.

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Leviathan [2600 posts] 1 year ago
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At least it was sunny.

Rain, rain go away...

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CXR94Di2 [1634 posts] 1 year ago
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The last time I was out in wind nearing being un- rideable, I had to use 22 ring(mtb) on the front just to keep moving forward. Never again will I ride in high winds. One moment I was nearly sucked under the wheels of a truck next blown off the road into a ditch.

Sensible decision to abandon

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brodibike [17 posts] 1 year ago
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They should use steel bikes, train on Audax rides, and eat pasties - they'd stand a chance then  1

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arnolds [6 posts] 1 year ago
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efail wrote:

Softies. Normal weather when out for a spin in West Cumbria. 

nonsens there is not a 24/7     10 beaufort in West Cumbria

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SapperCyclist [6 posts] 1 year ago
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Well that blows....

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Trekpro [144 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Seems pretty obvious to me that the problem was actually caused by an over abundance of non-martching cycling apparel. 

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Grahamd [523 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Shows the erm benefits of deep section aero rims...