Jackie Davidson rides her Trek Speed Concept 9.8 in Kona

Jackie Davidson rides her Trek Speed Concept 9.8 in Kona

Prized triathlon bike stolen in South Surrey break-in

Triathlete says word of stolen bike is spreading fast and whoever took it 'has no idea' how many eyes are on the lookout for it.

Peninsula triathlete Jackie Davidson just wants her bike back.

The customized Trek Speed Concept 9.8 was among items stolen from her Ocean Park garage early Thursday morning, after someone smashed the window of her husband’s Acura and used the garage-door opener inside to gain access to her most prized possession.

It’s unclear if the bike was an intended target or collateral damage. Freshly tuned in preparation for a race this weekend in Delta, it was in the back of Davidson’s Mercedes, which was also taken. Also missing are “thousands of dollars in consumer electronics.”

“I’m most upset with my bike,” Davidson told Peace Arch News hours after discovering the theft.

“To me, she’s priceless.”

A present for her 50th birthday in 2012, “Tiffany” is the same-named blue and white, with HED 650 wheels, Ultremo tires and Shimano Durace pedals. Fitted specifically to Davidson, it’s worth about $12,000.

In short, it’ll be hard for whoever took it to ride it casually down the street. And Davidson is counting on that to help bring Tiffany home. A post to Facebook this morning had been shared 90 times by 3 p.m., spreading word of the theft further by the minute.

“I really don’t think they know what they have,” she said.

“If anybody is riding that bike on the road, somebody will recognize it. It’s best to just let us know where the bike is and we’ll come pick it up. It’s going to stick out like a sore thumb.”

Davidson, who rides for San Diego-based Team Soas Racing, has numerous Ironman races under her belt, not to mention a strong finish in the 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

She said the theft will not stop her from competing this weekend – nor in Hawaii at the end of May – but she asks anyone with information on her bike to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

Davidson noted that her home and vehicles were not the only ones targeted overnight. Her neighbour was also hit, and staff at a South Surrey glass-repair shop told her husband they had already seen a number of other similarly damaged vehicles today.