A Dorset cyclist has been left ‘devastated’ by the theft of three road bikes from his garage worth around £7,500.
Tim Simmons, from Stratton, lost two carbon fibre Scott road bikes as well as bike he was building from scratch, which, according to the Dorset Echo, was the most expensive of the three.
Mr Simmons was planning to ride his handmade machine in France this summer, with the goal of ascending Alpe d’Huez in less than an hour.
“It’s my passion and my hobby,” Mr Simmons told the Echo. “I’m not materialistic in any way but my bicycles are like children to me.
“I work hard to be able to afford my hobby and I’m just absolutely devastated that my prized possessions have been taken from me.”
The theft is thought to have occurred when Mr Simmons and his wife, to whom one of the stolen bikes belonged, were out at work and believes the thieves specifically targeted the road bikes.
“We are a family of five and we are all cycling enthusiasts,” Mr Simmons added.
“There were 13 bikes in the garage and they just targeted the three road bikes.”
According to the newspaper, Dorchester Police are investigating the theft and urge anyone with information to contact them on 101.