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.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.