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Valuable bikes recovered after Maydena thefts

TWO professional mountain bikes have been recovered after being stolen following the recent Red Bull Hardline event at the Maydena Bike Park. Constable Raquel O’Neill of Maydena Police told last week’s Westerway and Upper Derwent Valley Bushwatch meeting that two bikes had been stolen in the aftermath of the huge event that attracted more than 5000 spectators.

The now-recovered Trek bike.

Constable O’Neill said one of the stolen bikes had been quickly recovered but the second was missing for more than a week until being recovered this week. This distinctive custom-built Trek mountain bike is worth about $15,000 and said to be the only one of its kind in Australia. It had been stolen from a Hydro St address and the 17-year-old rider of this bike was desperate for its return as it is needed for a competition in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The other bike, an Atherton Hardline, was stolen from the riders camp at the Maydena event and later found abandoned in the yard of a house nearby.

Constable O’Neill thanked all those who had assisted with the recovery of both bikes.

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