Cyclists all across Spain rolled out of their homes on Saturday to ride outdoors for the first time in 49 days as the government eased coronavirus restrictions.

To avoid overcrowding on roads, the government has implemented a shift system, allocating different time slots to different age groups.

Cyclists may ride solo outdoors from 6-10am and from 8-11pm.  Families can be outside with children from 12-7pm, and elderly people from 10-12am and from 7-8pm.

The professional Israel Start-Up Nation/Israel Cycling Academy team based in Girona could hardly contain themselves and tweeted, “Like a prisoner out on parole. (With electronic monitoring cuffs and all to make sure that one don’t leave town). Still, after 48 #coronavirus lockdown days , first legal outdoor ride tasted FREEDOM!” 

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