Charity cyclist’s anger as second bike is stolen

Kenneth Moore with the broken bike chain
Kenneth Moore with the broken bike chain

A cyclist who was in training for a gruelling 52-mile ride for charity has had his mountain bike stolen.

It is the second time in eight weeks that Kenneth Moore has had a bike taken from a shed in the garden of his home in Turner Road, Corby.

He said: “I’m so angry and sad. It’s just heart-breaking.

“After the first break-in I got a new bike and spent a fortune on security and locks, but they have done it again. It’s unbelievable.”

Mr Moore, 34, who works as a cleaner at the Pen Green Centre in Corby was training for the London Bikeathon which raises funds for the charity Leukemia and Lymphoma Research.

He took part in the event last year with his friend Dean Nicholson, completing a 26-mile ride, but this year the pair were planning on tackling the 52-mile route around London, following in the path of the 2012 Olympic cyclists.

He said: “We took part in the first event to raise money for this charity after Dean’s mum died of cancer in 2010.

“We had already starting training and I’ve given up smoking to get in good condition for the event.

“Family, friends and workmates had agreed to sponsor us.

“It’s a horrible feeling knowing that someone has been prowling in the garden.

“My wife Stephanie was in tears when we discovered the second break-in on Saturday morning.

“What else can we do. I spent a lot of money on locks and chains that were designed for a motorbike but they still managed to cut through them. We didn’t hear a thing.”

Mr Moore is hoping that someone will spot the distinctive Carrera mountain bike, which cost more than £500. It is white with red pedals and white and red mudguards.

He said: “If I can get the bike back and continue training, we hope we can still take part in the London Bikeathon.”

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the bike they are asked to contact the police on 101.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the UK’s only charity dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.