Local criticism of professionals

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PROFESSIONAL and amateur cyclists often claim that they feel defenceless on Spain’s roads.  

Euro Weekly News reader Stephen Pawley does not agree.  “Professional cycling teams practising in Moraira, Benitachell, Javea and Denia pose a danger to other road users,” he told us. “They seem to think they can ignore regulations and behave as though they own the road.” 

Professional teams expect motorists already on a roundabout to give them right of way, complained Mr Pawley, and they routinely ride through red traffic lights in full sight of the police who do nothing.  

On the Benitachell-Javea road he was confronted not long ago by cyclists riding six abreast who forced him to drive onto the verge, he said. 

They urinate at the side of public roads without the common decency of going behind a tree, Mr Pawley continued.  “If I did the same I would be arrested by the Local Police or Guardia Civil for indecency.” 

He suggested that the police should ensure professional cycling teams adhere to the rules.  “This is especially true in winter when there are many elderly drivers whose reactions are not as fast as they were,” he said.

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    • Permeke

      08 February 2016 • 10:52

      Dear Sir,

      I wish to congratulate Mrs Linda Hall for her article on the cyclists on the road who are training.

      It is a real scandal the way they put the traffic in danger.

      My experience is on the road Moraira-Benitachell.

      Kind regards,

    • Mike

      08 February 2016 • 21:03

      Cyclists here ‘in Andalucia anyway. are a disgrace, they have no road sense and appear to think they have the right of way everywhere, I don’t understand how there are not more accidents because of them and that the police don’t seem to be interested.

    • Pete Sergio

      11 February 2016 • 18:26

      Dont you think we are being a bit British? This is Spain and they have done this for years.

      A bit like us in the UK when people are riding horses on country lanes. I bet the Spanish cant understand why we don’t over take.

      OK Peeing at the side of the road is wrong. That should be corrected. And they should go out of sight.

      But we are here it is the way it is.

    • jojo

      13 February 2016 • 21:21

      I am appalled at the way these so called professional cyclists treat other road users. They ride at least 3 abreast on narrow windy roads making it impossible to pass or very dangerous, we have experienced undertaking and overtaking by several cyclists and them flying down steep windy roads taking bends on the opposite side of the road! They are both arrogant and agressive and cannot believe they get away with it!


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