Two vans belonging to TriUK nicked from hotel near London Bike Show

Some scumbags decided to take the notion of end of show special offers a bit too seriously last night. Hours after the London Bike show closed, thieves helped themselves to two vans containing about a quarter of a million quidsworth of bikes and gear belonging to dealer TriUK. A reward of up to £100,000 is being offered for information leading to its recovery.

The hire vans full of stock belonging to the Somerset bike and triathlon deler were stolen from Travel Lodge Excel car park at about 1.58am on Monday February 17.

According to BikeBiz.com’s Jon Harker, both vans had tracking devices. The tracking company located one of the vans on Newham Way, Newham, London. Police managed to locate the vehicle but have since lost it and the other van has not been located at all.

Many of the bikes stolen are extremely limited in supply. A number of the bikes are literally the only ones available in the UK.

A Giant Propel was one of the bikes stolen from TriUK

TRI UK are asking all cyclists, cycle stores and any other interested parties to contact them if they have any information regarding the vans or the stock. A reward of up to £100,000 is being offered by TRI UK for information that leads to the recovery of all of their stock.

The vans are Ford Transit Luton Box vans with ‘Dorset Vehicle Rentals’ in green decals. Registrations numbers: DY12 FJF and DV61 DJE.

If you’ve seen the vans, or any of the bikes listed below, or have any other information about this theft, please contact ali [at] triuk.com or call the TRI UK store on 01935 414142 or dial 101 and ask for the Metropolitan Police.

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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.

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