A local cyclist has lost his bike at an extremely inopportune time, only days before leaving overseas.
Jay Morrison, a local cyclist set to fly to France this Thursday, to compete in the 1200 km Paris-Brest-Paris, had his racing bike stolen this past Friday.
The bike was stolen from a locked and fenced in compound, containing a few other racing bikes. However, Morrison’s was the only bike stolen from the compound.
Witnesses claim to have seen an older male with grey hair and a grey beard near the compound around the same time it was stolen.
Morrison’s bike is a Specialized Tri-Cross Expert road race bike, red and white in color, with a specialized seat and racing tires.
With regards to finding a new racing bike, Pat Ferris, owner of Ferris Fast Cycles and fellow competitor with Morrison in the Blizzard Bike Club, says it will be a difficult task to find a bike with matching specs to the one stolen.
Ferris says that Morrison was riding somewhat of an older model bike, which could prove challenging when trying to replicate all the specs and modifications. Although he says if need be he can provide Morrison with one that is very similar.
Jay Morrison says the theft is extremely unfortunate, as he has put up to 5000 kilometres of training into the bike, which he acquired in March.
However, Morrison does have a backup ready to go if the bike is not recovered and he says the key to success is to stay focused and mentally sharp. Regardless of what bike he is riding, Morrison says he will be ready to compete come Monday’s competition.
If anyone manages to locate the bike, please call either the Fort St. John RCMP or Ferris Fast Cycles at 250-785-3711.