A Portadown man is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the return of his stolen bikes and cycling equipment.
James McCusker, a member of the Richhill-based Orchard Wheelers Cycling Club, says he has been off the road since his four bikes were stolen at the beginning of December.
The bikes and a number of wheels, worth an estimated £13,000, were taken from the garage of his Seagoe Drive home some time between Sunday, December 1 and Saturday, December 7.
Mr McCusker, who has been racing competitively for about three years, said the theft was a “significant loss”. “I have been building up my cycling equipment over the years and now it’s gone.
“Normally, I would be out three or four times a week, cycling maybe 50 miles each time, but since the bikes were stolen I haven’t been able to get out. And I can’t see how I am going to, not without starting to rebuild the whole thing again.”
The bikes consist of a carbon, black and white Wilier Cento Uno Superleggera racing bike, a white Cervelo P3 time trial bike, a blue, silver and black BH L50 Global Concept racing bike and a grey and white Kona Paddywagon.
Mavic Cosmic SLR wheels and Fast Forward carbon wheels were also stolen.
Police say they believe the bicycles may have been taken from the rear of the property in the direction of Portadown Rugby Club.
Mr McCusker added, “It has taken me some time to gather together the bicycles and equipment that were stolen. They are quite distinctive and designed specifically for road racing and time trials. I am very keen to have my property returned and I am offering a reward of £1,000 to anyone who can provide information which will lead to the safe return of the bicycles and equipment.
“I also want to say a word of thanks to the police for all the help they have given me since the theft.”
Anyone with information about the missing bikes or who feels they can help in any way should contact Mr McCusker on 07841495459.