London cyclist bloodied by ‘gang wielding machetes on motorcycles’
A professional cyclist was injured after a motorcycle gang armed with a 15-inch machete stole his custom-made bicycle worth £ 6,000.
Alexander Richardson, who rides for the UCI ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix, was training in Richmond Park around 3pm yesterday when he said four men wearing balaclavas hit him at 40mph.
Despite his best efforts to escape, he was knocked off his bike when one of the chasing motorcycles collided with its rear wheel and was dragged along the ground for 100 meters.
The former stockbroker, who took part in the Tour of Britain last month, shared a photo of his bloodied leg on Instagram and detailed his “quite shocking” experience.
He said: “I was finishing my training around 3pm when two bikes with four men and balaclavas started following me.
“I knew exactly that they wanted to take my bike and I started to think about the best I could do.”
Alexander attempted to reach the safety of a local cafe, but couldn’t escape the motorcycles – one of which he believes deliberately hit him at high speed.
He said: “I turned around at the East Sheen roundabout and started speeding to the cafe about 500 yards. They just rode one of the motorcycles in me at 60 km / h.
“I got off the bike and the first bike lost control. I hung onto my bike, but the second bike then dragged me with the bike on the ground for another 100 meters.
“After that they pulled out a 15 inch machete, which point I thought better and let the bike go.
“I’m pretty cut and bruised with a swollen hip, but tomorrow is another day.”
He urged other cyclists to “be careful” in the area and stressed that such incidents “were becoming commonplace in parts of London”.
Alexander didn’t start cycling in earnest until his mid-twenties and made the bold decision to turn his back on a successful career as a stockbroker to pursue his dream in the professional ranks.
He turned the cycling world upside down by winning the 2018 Lincoln Grand Prix, as an unsponsored rider and without the support of his team, which earned him professional contracts with Canyon dhb p / b Bloor Homes and now Alpecin-Fenix .
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said Metro.co.uk officers were called in for a robbery in Richmond Park, but after searching the area there was no sign of the suspects.
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