Police in Wiltshire are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was robbed of his bike while out for a ride last Sunday afternoon.
The Salisbury Journal reports that the male rider was cycling on the A3026 towards Tidworth at around 2.10pm when he found the road blocked by a white Ford Transit style van with black roof bars.
A pair of men got out of the rear of the van and threatened the cyclist, who was forced to give them his black and yellow Scott CR1 bike, similar to the one shown above, worth around £1,400. They put the bike in the back of the van, which was then driven off.
Police say that one of the suspects is white and bald, and was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. He was also said to have a tattoo of a bird, perhaps an eagle, with wings outstretched.
Anyone who has information or sees a bike matching the description for sale at a low price is requested to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or the charity, Crimestoppers, 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.