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Canadian Olympic hopeful’s bike stolen in Arizona

Marie-Soleil Blais is missing her custom S-Works

Marie Solieil Blais bike

Canadian pro road cyclist Marie-Soleil Blais had a recent training ride go disastrously wrong this week, when a quick stop for mid-ride fuel ended with her S-Works Amira being stolen.

Blais, who previously rode for Astana Women’s Team, is in Tucson, Arizona training for her upcoming road season. The Canadian has ventured south for warm-weather training the past several years, even writing about the popular training destination here on Canadian Cycling Magazine.

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This year, the training camp is not going according to plan. On April 16, 2021, Blais stopped at a Circle-K on her way back from a training ride on Mount Lemmon.

“I left my bike [outside] and I had a really good view of it while I was standing in line,” Blais told local Kold News 13. “It was like that 20 second moment to pay that I didn’t have my eyes on the bike … and then my bike was gone. At first, it didn’t make any sense. So, I went inside the store and screamed, ‘Somebody stole my bike!’ Then, someone said, ‘Oh, I just saw a guy taking it and didn’t realize it wasn’t his’.”

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While a stolen bikes is never a good thing, the timing couldn’t be worse for Blais. The S-Works Amira, custom painted and built with the usual array of top-end parts, was her own personal bike. And, with a global bike shortage dragging on, the Quebec rider is struggling to find a replacement.

Blais is appealing for help, both finding the bike and a replacement, so that she can continue with her training.

Blais’ S-Works Amira is a 48 cm custom painted frame, with SRAM Power2Max power meter and Dura-Ace C24, Zipp wheels and rim brakes. The unique paint job makes this bike extremely recognizable, so here’s hoping Blais gets it back soon!

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