An aspiring cyclist backed by the Dave Rayner Fund fears his dreams of becoming a professional may have been wrecked following the theft of his Specialized S-Works Venge bike from the garage of his parents’ home in Norfolk.
Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall is due to go to Belgium this month to take up a place with Terra Safety Shoes team, alongside road.cc reviewer and blogger, Liam Glen.
But it looks as if the 21-year-old will have to head to Zottegen in Belgium without his £8,000 bike following the theft overnight on Sunday , and he is worried that will prevent him from realising his dream, reports the Diss Express.
While his team will provide him with a frame, he will need to source his own components, says the newspaper.
“It is pretty gutting at this time of year,” he explained. “I am just about to start the racing season over in Europe, so it is all pretty frustrating. It is an excellent machine. Racing at a high level, you really need the good equipment.
“It would be so frustrating to ruin the season and ruin my chances. If I am not good enough, I am not good enough, but if it comes down to this that would be hard to take.”
He added: “I am so close to achieving my dream in the next couple of years, so it would be such a shame if this ruined years of hard work.”
The newspaper says that Norfolk Constabulary think the theft occurred between midnight and 6am on the morning of Sunday 23 February after the doors of the garage at the family home were forced open.
The 56cm frame is painted red, black and white, and the bike has an SRM Power Meter and 3T handlebars.
Anyone who has information regarding the bike is requested to contact Detective Constable Simon Cooper at Thetford CID on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.