Parson Drove cyclist says he can’t do any more charity rides and children are traumatised after thieves steal bikes
12:21 05 September 2014
A father-of-two fears he will not be able to do any more charity cycle rides after thieves stole his bike.
Between 9pm on Wednesday and 1.30pm on Thursday, three bikes were stolen from Gareth Bussey’s garden shed at Main Road, Parson Drove.
Thieves took his wife and daughter’s mountain bikes and his specialised road bike, which has had parts changed so he could do long distance charity bike rides.
Mr Bussey cycled for 100 miles as part in the London 100 on August 10 to raise money for the leukaemia charity Anthony Nolan.
Less than two weeks later, he was on his bike again - cycling 127 miles to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity. His efforts have raised more than £1,500 for charity.
He said: “It’s a bit of a deflating blow. I got back into cycling because of the charity cycles. My bike will cost £1,200 to replace, while my wife’s is worth £300 and my daughter’s £250.
“Without the bike I can’t take part in any future fund raising events so charities will be missing out as well.
“I was planning to take part in next year’s London 100 as well as the Norwich 100 and the company event for starters. “Needless to say the theft has also impacted my family as my daughter is upset and my son is scared the thieves will be back for his bike.”
If you have any information about the bikes call Police 101.
Mr Bussey’s bike is a white Specialized Secteur Sport 27 speed with aftermarket Mavic Kysrium wheels, two Specialized red bottle holders, a small saddle bag containing tools and spare inner tubes, a Cateye Velo wireless speedo, cateye rear light and Shimano SPD cleated pedals.
His wife’s mountain bike was a dual suspension black Raleigh fitted with a gel seat and a bright orange Raleigh bottle holder.
His daughter’s bike was a Muddy Fox Freefall mountain bike fitted with a carbon fibre frame splash guard and a silver bottle holder.