Thieves steal bikes and gear worth around £70,000 during Fort world cup mountain bike event

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Police officers in Fort William are appealing for information following the theft of bikes and equipment worth around £70,000 during the weekend’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event.

The thieves struck between 7.30pm on Friday and 7.45am yesterday (Saturday) in the Nevis Range and Torlundy area.

Damage was also caused to vehicles involved in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event.

Detective Sergeant Louise Thewlis said: ‘We are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Nevis Range and Torlundy at the time who may have witnessed anything or has any information about the whereabouts of the bikes and equipment to get in touch.

‘You can call Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 0798 of 21 May, 2022 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

There were reports that the stolen bikes and equipment belonged to the Californian world cup development team, The Union.

The website of Canadian Cycling Magazine reported that the raiders made off with seven bikes, including the team’s Santa Cruz V10 race bikes, after the team truck was broken into.

However, it also reported that Santa Cruz Syndicate stepped up to loan Union riders spare bikes and frames while a number of other teams added whatever spare parts they could.

The event hosted at Nevis Range is reported to have attracted more than 21,000 spectators to Lochaber this weekend.