The British pro’s home in Essex was broken into on Monday. His one-off Katusha-Alpecin Canyon Speedmax time trial bike went missing, and Alex believes it was no opportunist steal. Dowsett and his partner Chanel were away at the time, which leads them to think the thief waited for the right moment to strike. The incident has been a serious emotional strain on the couple. They are, however, determined to do anything to find the culprit.
Dowsett posted details of the burglary on Twitter, along with a picture of the distinctive red Canyon machine. The bike is clearly branded with the Katusha team name, has a SRAM Red eTap electronic groupset and Zipp 303 wheels.
“I am asking you to take a minute to share this post as much as you can to track down my bike and to track down the thieves that took it. It’s likely the only one of its kinds in the country,” Alex wrote on Twitter.
Regretfully I need to tell you all that Chanel and I were burgled yesterday and my Katusha Canyon Speedmax was stolen. This wasn't an opportunity steal, or an opportunist taking advantage. Please read the attached and take a min to RT and share. Regards Alex & Chanel pic.twitter.com/Yvky1WvPxF
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) February 6, 2018
“The police are well informed and have been phenomenal in their help already and we’re taking every step to try and prevent anything like this happening again in already what is a secure house. If someone want something so bad, sadly it’s difficult to stop them. If you see this bike at a race, online, rolling around the streets, in a house, etc, please, please get in touch with us or Chelmsford Police,” Dowsett said.
The British pro is currently taking part in the Dubai Tour, which is something the thieves were probably very much aware of.
“To the thieves personally, you have a material good that belongs to us but the emotional stress, sleepless nights and worry you have caused by breaking into our home and our safe place is distressing beyond words. You have no idea what else could be going on in our lives and the impact this has on that – the glimpse I allow you through social media is something I do freely but leaves me seriously concerned moving forward for the safety of our haven we call home.”