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.

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.

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