A cyclist in Wales had his bike stolen on Saturday by a thief who shoved him into a ditch while he was fixing a puncture before making off with his bike.
The rider had stopped in a layby on the A4086 near Plas y Brenin and next to the Llynnau Mymbyr lakes in Snowdonia between 12.45 and 1.15pm.
Police officer Mike Williams said: “The cyclist was in the process of repairing a puncture on the grass verge in the layby when he was pushed down the grass bank.
“By the time he had managed to scramble back up, his bike had been stolen.”
Prior to the bike being stolen, the cyclist had been involved in a confrontation with a passing vehicle on the A4086, heading towards Capel Curig from Pen y Pass, according to the police
“The cyclist believes the vehicle that he had the earlier incident with was either a grey or green VW transporter type vehicle with Irish number plates.
“He also believes that the driver of the same vehicle returned to push him down the bank and take his bike.”
The missing bike is described as a Pinarello Dogma in white with black and lime green detailing.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact PC Mike Williams at Llanrwst Police Station on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference RC14106347.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.