Robbers target South Wales-set event

£40k worth of bikes stolen at British XC

Thieves hit the British XC at Margam Park in South Wales last weekend.

Fifteen bikes – worth approximately £40,000 – were stolen from the campsite between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Magura’s Mike Jenner said: “Our team were unfortunate enough to lose two bikes. Both bikes were locked down and hidden away in the team area with two of the team sleeping no more than six foot from the bikes.”

Posting on the BikeBiz trade-only Forum, he appealed to the industry:

“Can you all please keep an eye out for the following bikes:

“One was a Moda Encore Medium (17.5 inch) carbon hardtail. Had a Garmin fitted, full XT group, Magura Marta in Black, Magura Durin 100R in white, American Classic White wheelset with tubeless Kenda tyres, Blue Bike Pure headset spacer on top of the Barelli stem, and the name ’Cait Elliot’ with the Irish National flag on stickers on both side of the frame


“The other was a Moda Canon Small (17 inch) carbon full suspension. Full XT group, Magura Marta in Red, Magura Durin 100R in White, American Classic White wheelset with Kenda tyres, Blue Bike Pure heasdset spacer and the name ’Carla Haines’ with the English National flag on stickers on both sides of the frame.” 

"If you have any information please contact me at the Magura Service Centre on 01530 414142, 07773 453681 or email:"

Other sntached bikes include Scott Sparks, Whytes and a few others.

Speaking to the BBC, South Wales Police’s chief inspector Jeff Handley said: "There is no doubt that this event has been targeted by a group of organised thieves.

"All the victims were visiting our area to enjoy the fantastic mountain biking facilities on offer and for them to return home having been a victim of a crime must be sickening for them."

South Wales Police encourages anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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