Kristin Armstrong's Olympic time trial bike stolen

Felt DA disappears en route back to the US along with a Felt F1 used in the road race

by Dave Atkinson   September 12, 2012  

Kristin Armstrong Felt DA

Exergy TWENTY12 have today reported that Kristin Armstrong's bikes have been stolen in transit back from the Eurobike show.

We saw Kristin's gold-medal-winning Felt DA time trial bike when we were over in Germany (our Dave Arthur snapped the pic of it above) but that bike, and a Felt F1 road bike that was also used at the Olympics, went missing on the way back to the US and only empty boxes were delivered to Armstrong's house in Boise, Idaho.

The Exergy TWENTY12 website reports that the bikes left Germany on September 7th, departing Bremen Germany to Frankfurt Germany then from Frankfurt to Atlanta and the final leg Atlanta to Boise. It's not clear at what point the bikes were removed from the boxes although an investigation is ongoing.

"The bikes mean so much to me. My TT bike is a symbol of all the hard work that has been put in to this journey," said Armstrong. "It is sad to think that somebody out there has taken this away from me and my family."

The full spec of the bikes is below and there are more pics of the bikes at http://exergytwenty12.tumblr.com. If you have any information about the bikes, or anyone bulk listing components for sale that match the descriptions below, contact Exergy at teamtwenty12@gmail.com

Felt DA Time Trial Bike

Frameset: Felt DA1 51cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong/USA Paint Scheme
Group: SRAM RED 2012
Cranks: SRAM BB30 w/SRM Powermeter
Chainrings: SRAM TT 54/42
Aerobars: Zipp VukaBull Basebar with Carbon Race Vuka Shift Extensions TT Shifters: SRAM 900 TT
Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On Ultra Light
Brake Cables: Gore Ride-on
Front Wheel: Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular
Rear Wheel: Zipp Super-9 Disc Tubular
Tires: Vittoria Crono 22mm
Saddle: fi’zi:k Ares TT Specific
Pedals/Cleats: Speedplay Nanogram Zero (not with stolen bike – only thing that made it back to Boise)
Other:
K-EDGE Pro Chain Catcher
Kristin Armstrong name on top tube

Felt F1 Road Bike

Frameset: Felt F1 54cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong Paint Scheme
Group: SRAM RED 2012
Cranks: SRAM RED w/SRM Powermeter
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Red GXP Ceramic Bearings
Chainrings: SRAM Red 50/34
Cassette: SRAM RED 2012 11-26T
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 110mm
Bars: Zipp Service Course CSL 42cm
Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On
Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubular
Tires: Vittoria Corsa CX
Saddle: fi’zi:k Antares
Pedals/Cleats: Speedplay Nanogram Zero
Other:
K-EDGE Pro Chain Catcher
K-EDGE Number Holder
Arundel Carbon Bottle Cage

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for christ's sake, is nothing sacred? apparently not ...

posted by Karbon Kev [650 posts]
12th September 2012 - 15:58

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and taken out of the boxes then seal the boxes up again ... barstewards Sad

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [582 posts]
12th September 2012 - 16:24

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pretty low really!

unfortunately for the boxes to have been opened and resealed, this has been done at some point during the shipping process at one of the stop points - most likely by a switched on to bike kit employee! I work in the industry so can see where it could potentially occur.

If reliable firms have been used they should all be able to review their end of each leg and perhaps figure when it occurred, might even have some CCTV, if it was airfreight then they definitely will.

Hope they catch the scummy little bugger

posted by bfslxo [104 posts]
12th September 2012 - 18:07

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Disgusting behaviour by some lowlife.

With the shipment tracking history available it will be possible to identify every employee who was on shift at each of the transit points, so it should be possible to track down the thief.

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
13th September 2012 - 8:52

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And at what point did someone pick up an empty box, think, "That doesn't feel like it has a bike inside," and instead of raising the alarm decided they couldn't be bothered and delivered two empty boxes instead?

Which courier was it? Remind me not to use them in future.

posted by arowland [70 posts]
13th September 2012 - 10:38

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As arowland above asks which courier, come on lets find out then name em and shame em.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [481 posts]
14th September 2012 - 13:47

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