A Bristol woman has had her bike stolen from her garden – two days after completing a John O’Groats to Land’s End ride on it.
Amy Slack and her friend Caroline Prosser spent a fortnight riding the end-to-end route, reports the Western Daily Press
She put her bike in her garden in Ashton, Bristol afterwards, aiming to clean it – but despite walls that are six feet tall, the bike, worth £1,300, was stolen.
"When I realised it was gone I was devastated, I couldn't believe it,” she said.
"We'd cycled nearly 1,000 miles and it had been fine and survived. I usually keep it inside but because it was very dirty I kept it outside to clean it, and someone must have taken the opportunity to steal it."
She went on: “We did lots of training in the five months before – a couple of times a week we were cycling 30 miles after work and each weekend we'd do a long 60 mile ride.
"I bought my bike specifically for the ride from Mud Dock Cycleworks – it was a specialist road bike for endurance rides.
"It was pretty cold when we set off from John O'Groats, and although it was windy it was lovely and sunny.
“It was the bank holiday weekend when it was tipping it down with rain in Bristol so we felt quite lucky at the time."
"What spurred us on was the support we received. So many people came out to see us in the evenings when we'd stop for dinner along the way.
“When we got to Bristol lots of people came to Queen Square to see us in, and it was such a sense of achievement when we cycled in to Land’s End," she added.
According to Mud Dock in Bristol, the bike was a 52cm Specialized Secteur Sport Disc, with a 34t cassette conversion with an Alivio long cage mech.
It also has a Bontrager affinity rl saddle and 40cm Bontrager shallow bar, plus Bontrager mudguards and pannier rack.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.