Burglars snatch bikes ahead of charity race

Dave Amans on his stolen Boardman bike
Dave Amans on his stolen Boardman bike

Cruel thieves have put a charity cyclist’s fundraising plans in jeopardy - by stealing both of his bikes.

Dave Amans, aged 36, is gearing up to complete a challenging ride across the Pyrenees in aid of the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours, which supports youngsters at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

But burglars broke into Dave’s garage while he was at home in Lower Pilsley asleep with wife Sally and their 10-month-old daughter Maya - taking two bicycles.

Hotel manager Dave believes he was targeted specifically: “They literally took just the bikes and the bike shoes that went with them,” he said.

“The police suspect they will have seen me out, followed me back, and watched me at some point to see my comings and goings.

“It’s quite scary really. I’d like to think I was the type of guy who’d notice if I was being followed, or if people were sitting around watching us.”

The bikes were a Boardman full carbon model, worth £1,200, and a £600 white Claud Butler which he previously rode from London to Paris.

Dave signed up for the Pyrenees event after a friend of the family lost a brother to leukaemia aged 17.

Both of the bicycles had been ID stamped but Dave hadn’t declared them on his insurance. He is still hoping to take part in the charity race and has signed up for the Cycle to Work scheme to get another bike.

The theft happened in the early hours of February 15, during fierce storms.

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