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Wed., May 23, 2012, 11:57 a.m.

Bike theft ‘huge blow to the team’

This is what the racing bikes stolen from an elite women's team in Boise look like (Boise Police Department)
This is what the racing bikes stolen from an elite women's team in Boise look like (Boise Police Department)

The Exergy Tour has sent out the following statement on last night's theft of expensive professional bikes and equipment from one of the competing teams; the photo shows an example of what the bikes look like:

Last night several thousand dollars worth of bikes and pro cycling equipment was stolen from the Team TIBCO trailer in a Boise hotel parking lot. The team is in Idaho to compete in the Exergy Tour ladies pro cycling race. Below are the statements from Boise Mayor David Bieter, Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, Exergy Development Group CEO James Carkulis, and Team TIBCO regarding this event.

STATEMENT FROM BOISE MAYOR DAVE BIETER

"I was angry and deeply disappointed when I learned of the theft of the bikes and equipment from Team Tibco last night. This is not the kind of community we live in and not the kind of welcome we want to extend to visitors for this wonderful Exergy Tour event. These are specialized racing bikes branded with the team’s logo; they’re of absolutely no use to anyone except the riders to whom they belong. I’m asking any members of the public who might have information regarding this crime to help us in securing the return of this equipment so that everyone can enjoy this great competition."

 STATEMENT FROM BOISE POLICE CHIEF MIKE MASTERSON

"Crimes like this, which target a public event, don’t just hurt the victims; they hurt the entire community. Fortunately this kind of theft is rare in Boise, but that makes this particular incident all the more upsetting. Our detectives are working hard to track down the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and Crime Stoppers has pledged a reward of $1,000 for the return of the Team Tibco equipment, and the Mayor’s Office is in for another $1,000. As always, members of the public are the best partners of law enforcement in solving crimes like this, so I echo the Mayor’s plea and ask citizens to call 343-COPS (343-2677) if they have any information that might be helpful."

STATEMENT FROM EXERGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP CEO, JAMES CARKULIS

"The Boise Police Department and the Office of the Mayor are working feverishly to apprehend these thieves and recover the equipment. Exergy is doing everything possible to make sure the teams will be on track to race tomorrow evening at the Prologue. This places a pallor over the event well before the start of such a positive experience for these athletes and for the sport.  We know these athletes are strong willed and determined and we shall find a way for them to compete." 

STATEMENT FROM TIBCO – TO THE TOP

"Last night the Team TIBCO trailer van was broken into at a race hotel parking lot in Boise, Idaho.  14 bikes have been stolen, including six Specialized Time Trial Shivs and eight Specialized Amira bikes.  These bikes were top end race bikes, built with top of the line SRAM components.  The time trial bikes specifically are very unique and should be easily identifiable.  Our Reynolds wheels were stolen as well, including our time trial Element Discs and very special RZR 46s and 92s.  These wheels are also very unique and are not easily available.

"This is a huge blow to the team.  On the performance side, our riders now have to compete in the most important stage race in the country without their Specialized/SRAM /Reynolds time trial equipment.  The financial side is equally crippling.  Women’s cycling teams do not have big budgets.   This loss has a huge impact on the team’s financial health.

"We were really looking forward to the resurrection of stage racing in Idaho with Exergy Tour.  The team’s founder fondly remembers Idaho from the legendary Ore-Ida/Hewlett Packard Stage Race days.  This is not the Idaho that she remembers.  We are hopeful that the community can help us recover these bikes quickly so that our athletes can perform to the best of their ability in this important UCI race leading up to the Olympics.

"We thank George’s Cycles in Boise Idaho, who has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the safe return of our equipment, and we will match that amount. We also thank Exergy for contributing another $1,000 to the reward, bringing the total to $2,000. Please help us recover our equipment."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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