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One rider was stung 80 times during the incident which happened on a race in Spain in March.

Here's a video that will make you wince - a group of mountain bikers in Spain who were attacked by a swarm of bees. 

Just looking at the footage is painful, and we reckon the fact that two of the riders dumped their bikes altogether shows how intense it was.

The incident happened in March during the Tropical Bike Motril competition in Spain.

José Miguel Rodríguez, the vice-presidente of the organising group, was stung 80 times and had to be treated at a hospital in Granada, as did four other competitors.

"I've never suffered so much," he said.

"When I got home my wife was frightened. I had to take anti-histamine medicine."

He added: "I feel really bad at night."

At 37 seconds into the video, you can see a beekeeper on the right-hand side of the screen.

Bees can feel vulnerable when their hives are disturbed, making them more likely to attack as a means of defence, while some species in Spain and elsewhere can be attracted by human sweat.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.