Friday, 14 December 2018

Bike used in charity ride stolen

A RACING bike used in a 100-mile charity challenge has been stolen

A RACING bike used in a 100-mile charity challenge has been stolen.

James Constable’s machine was taken from a friend’s locked garage in Fair Mile at the weekend.

Mr Constable, 31, of King’s Road, Henley, was storing it there while he and his partner Juliette Beauvais, are on a trip around the world.

The couple, who are solicitors, were in Thailand when the news reached them.

Mr Constable said the Felt F95 was as his “pride and joy”. He said: “I am devastated as it is a great bike and has sentimental value.

“The garage was broken into and my bike was stolen along with a number of other objects. In total the bike, extras and bike bag are worth around £1,000.

“Any help would be amazing as I love my bike and am now unemployed as all the work I am doing this year is voluntary, so replacing the bike that I ride for fund-raising and charity will be very difficult. It is such a shame that this has happened while I am giving up a year to volunteer with no payment.” The bike has a 61in frame, yellow lizard skin handlebar tape and a yellow seat with Shimano pedals and wheels.

It has red drinks cages and Mr Constable’s name on stickers on the frame. It was in a Shokbox bike bag.

Mr Constable, who only took up cycling in 2014, used the bike to take part in the London-Surrey 100 event last August with his 26-year-old brother Jordan.

He was raising money for the Thai Children’s Trust, which helps orphans and children at risk.

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