Alpecin-Fenix professional cyclist Alexandar Richardson has spoken of the frightening moment he was targeted by a gang of moped riders in Richmond Park yesterday who knocked him off his bike, dragged him along for 100 metres, then threatened him with a machete as they stole it.
The 31-year-old, who earlier this week rode the Belgian one-day race Binche-Chimay-Binche, was on a training ride yesterday when he was targeted by the thieves.
Writing on Instagram, he said that he was finishing his ride at around 3pm “when two motor bikes with four men and balaclavas started following me.
“I knew exactly they wanted to take my bike and started to think what the best thing I could do was.”
Richardson tried to get away from the robbers, but was rammed from his bike and desperately tried to hold onto his bike before letting go of it when he was threatened with the weapon.
“I turned around at East Sheen roundabout and started riding full speed to the cafe about 500 metres away. They simply rode one of the motor bikes into me at 60kph,” he said.
“I came off the bike and the first motor bike lost control. I held onto my bike however the second motor bike then dragged me and the bike along the floor for another 100 metres.
“After this they pulled out a 15 inch machete at which point I thought better let the bike go.”
“I’m pretty cut up and bruised with a swollen hip but tomorrow is another day,” Richardson continued.
“Please be careful in the area and note this is becoming a common occurrence in parts of London. The police have taken their notes down as armed robbery and hopefully the criminals are found. Please raise awareness.
“At least I got most of the ride in even if no file to show for it! Once again the wife to the rescue to pick me up,” he added.
Richardson did not give details of his bike, but it was most likely a team issue Canyon Aeroad.
It is the second violent robbery in which a cyclist has been targeted at Richmond Park within 24 hours.
On Tuesday evening, the owner of a 2021 Cannondale System Six was pushed off his bike by two men on an electric scooter and wearing balaclavas, who then made off with it.
Yesterday around 7pm I was training in Richmond park and 2 guys in electric scooter and balaclavas push me of my bike and took it. Not a common bike to see. If you see a bike like that please contact @metpoliceuk
frame number ending with 20@RichmondPkCycle
— J AM (@jam211191) October 7, 2021
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