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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.