Charity riders raising funds for the families of the Hillsborough disaster had £30,000 worth of cycles stolen.
The six Irish cyclists were on a tour of Liverpool FC’s stadium in Anfield when thieves struck.
They had been due to set off on a 96km charity bike ride to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy when thieves struck. But when they returned to their van they found their bikes, clothing and equipment had gone.
They were members of the charity Cycle 4 Sick Children.
James Leech from the Justice for the 96 campaign said it was a despicable crime: “They were guests in our city for a good cause. Instead they were left stranded without their bikes. It really is sick.”