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Geoffrey Butler Cycles was hit by looters last night as Croydon in South London was drawn in to the London rioting.

The shop had it's door kicked in by thugs who made off with around four Pinarello frames and another four complete bikes, including a Team Sky replica with Di2 worth around £7,000.

Shop owner George Clare returned to the shop at around 9pm and stood guard as people with hats and scarves covering their faces milled around the area. With other parts of Croydon on fire no Police were in Southend until three in the morning when they starting arresting people in the street.

Clare's second shop Bike Plus was also broken in to although only two bikes were stolen as the shop's shutters did their job. Cycle King another Croydon bike shop specialising mainly in children's bikes and low end mountain bikes, was completely ransacked.

Evans Cycles' store in Chalk Farm also suffered as violence broke out in Camden last night. an employee who didn't wish to be named said; "we're in the midst of clearing up, the place has been fairly trashed. We're assessing the situation." 

Cycling Weekly's offices, also in Croydon, remained unharmed.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel