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Thieves take £7,000 custom race bike as cyclist visits dying mum
ONE of Britain’s best-known cyclists has condemned the “callous” thieves who stole his custom-built bike while he was visiting his dying mother.
Nick Harvey, a former member of the Great Britain decathlete team, emerged from a Hampshire hospital to discover that his £7,000 Valdemiro cycle had been taken.
Mr Harvey, 51, of Bursledon, is offering a £500 reward for information leading to its recovery and the conviction of the thieves.
On the day of the theft he locked his carbon fibre bike and concealed it in a wooded area near the hospital entrance.
“I was afraid someone would strip the components if I left it in the bike rack and thought I was doing the right thing, but when I came out it had gone,” he said.
“I was very angry that thieves would prey on someone visiting a hospital. It was a callous act.”
Mr Harvey has competed in competitions in Italy and America and was second in the British championships in Swindon about ten years ago.
He said: “The bicycle is worth £7,000 but it’s not the value it’s the fact that it’s unique to me. I could get another one built but it would take six months.”
The Portuguese-built bike has a white saddle and handlebars and Michelin pro 3 tyres. It is mainly red, black and white with the word “Valdemiro” written on the forks and frame in two places.
The theft occurred on August 26. Mrs Sutherland, who was 69 and had respiratory trouble, has since died.
PC Simon Wickson said: “This was a particularly cruel theft because the owner was visiting his terminally-ill mother in hospital.” Call PC Wickson at Lymington police station on 101.
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