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Rider shoved into ditch & bike stolen after run-in with van man

Cyclist robbed of Pinarello Dogma while fixing puncture

A cyclist in Wales had his bike stolen on Saturday by a thief who shoved him into a ditch while he was fixing a puncture before making off with his bike.

The rider had stopped in a layby on the A4086 near Plas y Brenin and next to the Llynnau Mymbyr lakes in Snowdonia between 12.45 and 1.15pm.

Police officer Mike Williams said: “The cyclist was in the process of repairing a puncture on the grass verge in the layby when he was pushed down the grass bank.

“By the time he had managed to scramble back up, his bike had been stolen.”

Prior to the bike being stolen, the cyclist had been involved in a confrontation with a passing vehicle on the A4086, heading towards Capel Curig from Pen y Pass, according to the police

“The cyclist believes the vehicle that he had the earlier incident with was either a grey or green VW transporter type vehicle with Irish number plates.

“He also believes that the driver of the same vehicle returned to push him down the bank and take his bike.”

The missing bike is described as a Pinarello Dogma in white with black and lime green detailing.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact PC Mike Williams at Llanrwst Police  Station on 101, or to call  Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference RC14106347.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson 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 editor Tony Farelly, 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 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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