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British cyclist dies while riding on Mallorca - full details unclear for now

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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