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Boise Police ask for help to find racing bikes stolen from elite women cyclists in town for Exergy Tour

A trailer-full of racing bikes belonging to a team of bike racers from California competing in the inaugural Exergy Tour, a professional women's bike racing event that kicks off in Boise tomorrow, were stolen when thieves broke a lock on the team's bike trailer parked outside their Boise hotel last night, and Boise Police are asking people to watch for the distinctive bicycles,which are marked with distinctive white TIBCO team logos and are valued at $120,000. The bikes are Specialized brand carbon fiber racing bikes; you can see the full BPD new release here, including photos of the bicycles. The bike wheels are Reynolds brand carbon fiber arrow style wheels painted black, with bold, white REYNOLDS lettering.

Sixteen teams from nine countries are competing in the Exergy Tour, which starts tomorrow and runs through Monday. They include many of the top women cyclists in the world, including athletes who are vying for spots on their respective Olympic teams for this summer's Olympics in London. Click below for a full report on the bike theft from AP reporter John Miller, who reports that the theft victims include Olympic hopefuls.
 

Thieves steal $120K in bikes from team before race
By JOHN MILLER, Associated Press


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thieves took an estimated $120,000 worth of racing bicycles from a professional women's cycling team that's trying to get its top rider to the 2012 London Olympics.

Team TIBCO reported 14 Specialized bicycles and more than a dozen carbon racing wheels stolen from an enclosed trailer after thieves cut the lock late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. The bikes are valued at between $5,000 and $8,000 each, with wheel sets going for upwards of $2,000 each.

The team is in Idaho's capital city for the Exergy Tour, a five-day stage race with 16 teams featuring dozens of riders from around the world.

California-based TIBCO is trying to get its top rider, Megan Guarnier, to the London Olympics for the road race and had been counting on a top performance in Idaho before USA Cycling officials name their selections on June 15.

"The hard part about this, Megan Guarnier trying to make the Olympic team, she needs her best equipment to contend in this race and accumulate enough UCI points," said Jeff Sobul, TIBCO's San Francisco-based spokesman. "We're doing everything we can to get the bikes back, or get them replaced."

The Exergy Tour begins with a two-mile prologue on Thursday, followed by four stages throughout southwestern Idaho concluding on Memorial Day.

Of the 14 Specialized-brand bicycles stolen, six were carbon fiber time trial bikes fitted individually to each rider.

Another eight road bikes were stolen, as were at least 19 expensive racing wheels from Reynolds.

The bikes are all marked distinctively with TIBCO team logos.

The trailer was parked outside a Holiday Inn hotel near an exit to U.S. Interstate 84, a freeway that heads east toward Wyoming and west toward Oregon, potentially providing a quick getaway for thieves.

Sobul said anybody attempting to fence the bicycles would have trouble, because Specialized works with each of the team's athletes to fit them to their precise specifications.

"It's pretty mind-boggling, to think that somebody can raid a bike team's trailer and be able to sell the stuff," he said. "It's pretty specific equipment."


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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