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Identity of victim and reasons for death as yet unknown, but it is believed to be due to natural causes

A British man has died on Mallorca while riding his bike on a coastal road close to the popular cycling resort of Pollensa.

The unnamed 49-year-old is reported by The Mirror to have been pronounced dead after going into cardiac arrest.

The incident is said to have happened at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon as the rider headed towards Cap de Formentor.

The island’s authorities confirmed that an inquiry had been opened, with details passed onto an investigating judge, as is routine under Spanish law.

The island is popular with British clubs and riders looking for riding in good weather during the springtime, although as yet it is not known whether the man who died was a resident or visitor.

We’ve reported on several fatalities on Mallorca over the years involving British cyclists.

In 2016, Graeme McGilvray of Lomond Roads CC lost his life while on a club trip following a collision involving a lorry.

The following year, 86-year-old Bryan Stout, described as a “stalwart” of London-based Catford CC and a campaigner with London Cycling Campaign and Stop Killing Cyclists, was killed in Alcudia when he was struck by a driver who tested positive for drink and drugs.

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.