Four bikes and equipment totalling more than £11,000 belonging to a well-known north-east cyclist have been stolen from a garage.
Shaun Tyson, 44, had two road bikes, one rare time-trial bike and a mountain bike stolen from his garage between 10.20pm on Tuesday (October 13) and 6am on Wednesday (October 14).
The thieves broke into his garage at his house in Tavistock Close, in the Clavering area of Hartlepool, County Durham.
The stolen bikes were a white Scott Foil, a Cube Reaction GTC Pro 29er, a Canyon Speedmax CF Time-Trial bike and a Kinesis Crosslight Pro. A pair of FFWD F6R tubulars white decals were also taken.
Tyson, who came sixth in the National Hill-Climb Championships in 1994 and still competes for his own team Adept Precision RT, believes that the theft was the work of professionals.
Those responsible for the theft ignored his wife’s horse riding gear and his son’s bikes, as well as power tools. They appear to have been disturbed when making an exit, with a pair of wheels laying on the driveway.
“Unfortunately there’s no CCTV around and no-one heard or seen anything,” Tyson told Cycling Weekly.
“There are normally dogs who would bark but for some reason they didn’t. I woke up to 6am to go to work and my bikes were gone.”
Cleveland Police said that enquiries were ongoing and that no arrests have yet been made. Anyone with information should call PC Catherine Bage on 101.
The bikes stolen are as followed with pictures and descriptions
The Canyon Speedmax CF Time-Trial bike is in matt black with Shimano Ultegra Di2. The bike was taken without wheels and a chain set. "The bike is rare and I'd hazard a guess that there's only half-a-dozen of these bikes in the north-east," Tyson said.
Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc with Mavic Askium Disc wheels. The bike had no chain-set, shifters or mechs at the time of being stolen.
Cube Reaction GTC PRo 29er mountain bike. 17" grey/green with standard specification, except for the Hope Evo tubeless wheels.
A white Scott Foil 40 small frame with Dura-Ace group set. The bike had Mavic SLR wheels, Pro-vibe white handlebars and stem, with a distinctive green personalised top cap. Attached was a Quarq ELSA RS power meter.
A pair of FFWD F6R tubulars white decals were also taken. These were in a double bag.
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