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 in the dead of night burglars broke into Dave’s garage while he was at home asleep with wife Sally and their 10-month-old daughter Maya, taking two expensive bicycles worth hundreds of pounds each.
Police are investigating the theft, but hotel manager Dave believes he was targeted specifically and has appealed for information to recover the bikes.
“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 white Claud Butler worth £600 which Dave 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.
“I was going to use the Boardman bike in the Pyrenees,” he said.
Both of the bicycles had been ID stamped, which means if they are found they can be quickly returned, but Dave, who lives at Lower Pilsley near Chesterfield, hadn’t declared them on his insurance.
“Where I live is quite a reputable area and I never thought for one minute that we would be burgled,” he said. “I’ve gone through phases of thinking I should cancel the ride, but I’ve 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.
“We couldn’t hear because of the wind,” Dave said.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said: “The theft was reported to us and we are investigating.”
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