Welsh cyclists charged €8,500 to take bikes to Spain on charity ride

The Tap It Out cycling club will now have to close after paying the fee

Cycling in Spain
Is taking your bike abroad still worth the financial risk?
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A Welsh cycling club faces closure after being forced to pay €8,500 (£7,330) customs charge to take bikes on a Spanish charity ride.

Riders from the Tap It Out cycling club, based near Bridgend, were raising money for the Prostate Cymru charity and had raised more than £16,000 prior to the ride, reports the BBC.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.