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09/12/2012

HSI probes theft of Olympic gold medalist's competition cycles

BOISE, Idaho — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is investigating the theft of two specialized competition bicycles belonging to Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong. The bicycles are believed to have been stolen while in transit from Germany to Idaho.

The theft was reported yesterday to U.S. Customs and Border Protection after Armstrong's husband opened the imported bike cases, only to find them empty. HSI special agents were called in to investigate.

In a statement released Tuesday by Exergy TWENTY12, Armstrong said: "The bikes mean so much to me. My TT bike is a symbol of all the hard work that has been put in to this journey. It is sad to think that somebody out there has taken this away from me and my family."

Armstrong's Olympic Gold medal winning Felt DA Time Trial Bike and her Felt F1 Road Bike – both SRAM and Zipp equipped – had been on display at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The bikes were packaged and shipped by courier back to the United States Sept. 7, departing Bremen, Germany, to Frankfurt, Germany, and on to Atlanta for the final leg of the journey to Boise, via Salt Lake City.

According to the team, the replacement cost for both bikes is estimated at over $20,000.

Exergy Development Group, Armstrong's team sponsor, has stated it is offering a "substantial award for the return or knowledge of the whereabouts of these bikes."

HSI special agents in the U.S. and Germany are investigating. Anyone with information about this case should contact the HSI Tip-Line (24 hours a day) at 866-347-2423 (from U.S., Mexico, Canada), 1-802-872-6199 (from any country in the world) or online at http://www.ice.gov/tips.

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Bike Descriptions

  • Felt DA Time Trial Bike
    Frameset: Felt DA1 51cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong/USA Paint Scheme
    Group: SRAM RED 2012
    Cranks: SRAM BB30 w/SRM Powermeter
    Chainrings: SRAM TT 54/42
    Aerobars: Zipp VukaBull Basebar with Carbon Race Vuka Shift Extensions TT Shifters: SRAM 900 TT
    Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On Ultra Light
    Brake Cables: Gore Ride-on
    Front Wheel: Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular
    Rear Wheel: Zipp Super-9 Disc Tubular
    Tires: Vittoria Crono 22mm
    Saddle: fi'zi:k Ares TT Specific
    Pedals/Cleats: Speedplay Nanogram Zero (not with stolen bike – only thing that made it back to Boise)
    Other:
    K-EDGE Pro Chain Catcher
    Kristin Armstrong name on top tube
  • Felt F1 Road Bike
    Frameset: Felt F1 54cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong Paint Scheme
    Group: SRAM RED 2012
    Cranks: SRAM RED w/SRM Powermeter
    Bottom Bracket: SRAM Red GXP Ceramic Bearings
    Chainrings: SRAM Red 50/34
    Cassette: SRAM RED 2012 11-26T
    Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 110mm
    Bars: Zipp Service Course CSL 42cm
    Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On
    Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubular
    Tires: Vittoria Corsa CX
    Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares
    Pedals/Cleats: Speedplay Nanogram Zero
    Other:
    K-EDGE Pro Chain Catcher
    K-EDGE Number Holder
    Arundel Carbon Bottle Cage

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Photo credit:
Bikes – Joe Savola
KA Race – AP