Stolen - three quality bikes worth £10k

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Police are appealing for witnesses or information which will lead to the recovery of  bikes worth a total of £10,000 stolen from the garage of a house near Redditch in Worcestershire.

The break-in took place on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, June 23/24. The bikes are:

A limited edition Colnago C50 World Championship model estimated value, £4,000. Colour is white fading to black carbon fibre. Equipment: Mavic Cosmic deep section carbon fibre wheels, Campagnolo Super Record group set.

A Ridley Aeron aluminium-framed road bike. Mavic aluminium wheels, Campagnolo Record Group set. This is a winter training bike fitted with black mudguards. Owners name on the crossbar. Estimated value, £2000.

A Dolan TT bike with tri-bars. High-gloss, black carbon fibre frame, Mavic solid carbon rear wheel, a Head tri-spoke front wheel, but with Mavic stickers on it. Campagnolo Super Record group set. Estimated value: £4000.

PC Andy Freeman of West Mercia police says: "The theft of these bikes is a terrible blow to their owner who had taken a great deal of time and effort to build up the bikes himself."

"All three should stand out and I am asking the public t o keep an eye out for them."

Witnesses can contact PC Freeman on 0300 333 3000. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.