We stayed at an Albergue last night that had some strict rules for admission:
1. No Bike Riders
2. No Pilgrims that are having their luggage transported between Albergues
3. No Pilgrims being supported by vehicles or other means.
In other words real Pilgrims that are walking and carrying their gear all the way to Santiago de Compostela.
It might be an unpopular view, but I do not think bicycle riders are doing a pilgrimage. The whole idea of doing the Camino is that its slow and difficult. Zooming down a hill in 700 Euro dual suspension mountain bike is not a Pilgrimage. The Camino was set up for walking. In some places the track is so narrow that two pilgrims can barely pass. However it doesn’t matter how narrow the track is, because you always have to be on the lookout for a Bike rider passing you with no warning. I am all for Bicycle touring, and have done plenty myself, but the camino is not the place.
Some of the things we have observed about people riding the Camino de Santiago by bike.
1. They travel in groups, rarely individually. Sometimes in groups as large as 10.
2. They often do not warn people they are going to pass people. This cause you always to be expecting a bike rider to suddenly appear. We have been walking side by side, and had a bike rider pass between us with no warning!
A thread on a Camino forum about Bike Riders here