On August 2 Alberta R.C.M.P. found nine track bikes stolen in July from the storage area of the Argyll Velodrome in Edmonton. Losing the bikes was a squad of six, aged 17 to 21, from Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo that was training in Edmonton because it doesn’t have a home facility.
Gail Wozny, a member of the Argyll Velodrome Association board of directors, was thrilled. She said, “It’s been a real burden for those athletes and particularly for their coach, who was prepared to step up and pay out of his own pocket for all the losses.” The Argyll e-mailed the good news to the Malaysians.
Ten bikes were reported stolen on July 18, with the Malaysian youth squad having to borrow machines from Edmonton track outfit Juventus for the duration of its stay. Two weeks later, nine bikes were discovered undamaged at an abandoned property in Nisku south of Edmonton after the Mounties were given a tip. No arrests have been made, and the police have held onto the bikes as part of its investigation.
Hey #yegbike people, keep an eye out for these. Someone broke into the Argyll Velodrome and stole a bunch of bikes and kit from a youth cycling team visiting from Malaysia. #yeg pic.twitter.com/kehQwJE3fM
— Macchi (@Nocchi_TypeE) July 18, 2018
Among the stolen gear in July were seven Giant Omnium track bikes, a BT track bike, a Cipollini road bike and a Polygon carbon road bike, along with six bike bags and a helmet. The team returned to Malaysia last week to get new race bikes. The $1200 raised by Wozny’s Go Fund Me campaign will go towards replacing the equipment that is still missing.
On 17 July the Argyll Velodrome, a number of bikes and kit were stolen that belonged to a visiting youth Malaysian Cycling Team. Unfortunately the Velodrome's insurance has determined that they are not eligible for coverage so any help is appreciated.https://t.co/STgEXIsFaQ
— Macchi (@Nocchi_TypeE) August 1, 2018