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Bikes stolen from riders' compound at Saturday's Rapha Nocturne in London

Owners appeal for help in finding their bikes - one of which has an unusual paint scheme

Two cyclists who took part in a race at Saturday’s Rapha Nocturne in the City of London are appealing for help to track down their bikes – one of them with a custom colour scheme shared with only one other bike – after they were stolen from the riders’ compound at the event.

Ian Watson’s bike has highly distinctive paint scheme in the colours of CC London, which he co-founded with Grant Ventner, and they are the only two cyclists to have such a design on their bikes.

He posted pictures of Grant’s bike (see the gallery below) to the Regent’s Park Cyclists Facebook bike to show the paint scheme, as well as one of himself riding his own bike on Saturday to give an idea of the set-up, shown above.

The frame is from the Belgian brand Schils, but resprayed in that bespoke colour scheme and with CC London decals on the downtube and head tube.

Ian said: “The bike is also a mix match of components which will also make it quite distinctive.”

It has Shimano Ultegra gears and levers, a Rotor Chainset with Q (oval) Rings and crank arm power meter, Shimano Dura Ace front and Campagnolo Chorus rear brake callipers, and unbranded 40mm deep section wheels with red hubs.

Ian said: “If you see anyone riding round on one of these bikes and they are not wearing CC London kit, then they are on a stolen bike.”

The other bike stolen belongs to Dave Buck, and was locked to Ian’s bike. It’s a Canyon Aeroad SF SLX (size XL) with Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels with Veloflex Master tyres and full Shimano Ultegra Di2 (with a badly scuffed up rear mech).

Rapha Nocturne stolen bikes - Canyon Aeroad SF SLX 01.jpg


If you have any information regarding the bikes, please emailinfo [at]"> info [at] and we will put you in touch with the owners.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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TonyL | 6 years ago

I was there when we discovered they had been stolen. They had been locked up properly to the bike stands and each other in the "secure" fenced off area. The locks and chains (good quality ones) were all missing - not left on the ground, the helmets had been moved and left on other bikes. It looks like the event was targetted by scumbags after nice bikes, they had been watching everything and knew what they were doing. Also interesting to note the large screen replaying events was placed in front of the nearest CCTV camera...

atlaz | 6 years ago
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TBH, I've seen a lot of supposedly secure areas after races, fondos or sportives and I wouldn't leave my bike unattended in them without a serious amount of locking. It's crap that this is the case but likewise, reality has to be accepted.

S_P_A_C_E_M_A_N | 6 years ago

Very sad news. Will keep an eye out. I agree with the comments above about the stewarding: it was a bit lax when we were there. Bit of a mess getting off at the start, too, in our family slot. Rather a free-for-all, but I don't think was Rapha's doing. Otherwise really enjoyable. Hope these bikes turn up.

Bob F | 6 years ago

Too much of this shit happens at events.

I don't know the security arrangements, but I'm sure both the organisers and Rapha management - enthusiasts all - will be gutted. 

Hope the bikes get found and returned.

Huw Watkins | 6 years ago
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It was a great event, and there was an enormous number of riders, but I didn't get the feeling at the the time that the stewards in charge of the enclosures were really on their game.  I wasn't asked to show my security wrist band at any point.

zanf replied to Huw Watkins | 6 years ago
Huw Watkins wrote:

but I didn't get the feeling at the the time that the stewards in charge of the enclosures were really on their game.  I wasn't asked to show my security wrist band at any point.

A friend was racing in the womens elite race & it was her team mates bikes that were stolen.

She had said that she accessed the secure area without having her wristband checked.

While spectating outside, I saw several times the stewards who were manning the crossing points letting people cross while you had racers coming along the section of track.

If that was the level it was being run at, they really need to up their game.

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