Somebody went home with more than just good memories of a fine day out at the TCR show on Saturday – they also took an Orbea Ordu TRI1 bike worth £6800.
The bike is a 51cm machine identical to the one pictured here except that it had a Zeus carbon chainset. There are only a handful of complete bikes like this in the country plus a few more frames. So if anyone should offer you a 51cm Ordu frame, Or a set of Zipp Vuka handlebars, or 808 wheels Orbea UK would very much like to hear from you. You can email them by clicking on the link or call 01449 711632. Or you can call Esher Police, 08451 252222 quoting Crime Number EL 09993.
The Ordu was one of a number of test bikes that Orbea had at the show. It is pretty rare to get the chance of riding something quite that high end in the try out area of a show and this theft may well mean that it will get rarer still and that other manufacturers will think twice about letting the public test their bikes in future – which would be a shame for everyone.
Oh, and in case you're tempted, jokes about the police being on the lookout for a small, fast-moving, lycra-clad figure in an aero tuck will not be appreciated at Orbea HQ.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.