One of the country’s top road riders, Marcus Christie had his €12,000 bicycle stolen from outside his hotel at the weekend.
The former Causeway Cycle Club member was staying at the Johnstown House Hotel and Spa in Enfield on Saturday when the theft took place a few hours before the National Road Race Championships in Kilcullen.
The bike, a limited edition Giant Propel, was snatched from the backseat of the car when thieves smashed a window to gain access before making off with it.
Christie had been given the bike from his former team Bissell-ABG and had added a few extras to bump up the price of it considerably. It came with Zipp 404 wheels and a Quarq power meter and was blue and black in colour.
The former Irish international is hoping someone saw something and will get it back.
Luckily Marcus borrowed a bike on the racing day and won a team gold medal with team mates, Mark Dowling and Bryan McCrystal.
There is a reward for any information which leads to its recovery of the bike, contact 086-8119966. Anyone with any information can also contact Enfield Garda station at 046 954 1002.