Stolen bike was 'irreplaceable gift': Bendigo man

A BENDIGO man is devastated after a $9000 triathlon bicycle given to him as a Christmas present was stolen on Thursday afternoon.

The distinctive Swiss Erox Quarra Extra Speed triathlon bicycle was taken from Mark and Helen Lees’ garage in Forest Street, Bendigo, on Thursday between 2.30pm and 4pm.

Mr Lees was given the bike as an early Christmas present in December to help him train for his first half Iron Man challenge in Geelong in February.

Mr Lees said the garage door was only opened for a little bit over an hour after the electronic door malfunctioned.

He said he hoped the distinctive nature of the paint work would make the bicycle easier to track down.

“It’s going to be pretty difficult for them (the thieves) to off load it,” he said. 

“It is full carbon with a custom Jekyll and Hyde paint job being white on one side and black carbon on the other.

“It has a unique window disc on the rear and 80 millimetre aero carbon front wheel.”

Mr Lees said he was crushed his “dream bike” was stolen.

“It is devastating because it was a dream bike. It’s not easy to replace. 

“The bike is a one-off in Australia and has a custom paint job.

“Also it was part of my preparations for my first half Iron Man. It’s really disrupted it.” 

Bendigo police’s Detective Senior Constable Len Ladner called for any information from the public.

“If anyone has seen the bike or a similar bike, they should contact us. 

“Anyone who may have seen something suspicious on the day should come forward.”

You can contact Detective Senior Constable Ladner on 5448 1381.

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