A professional cyclist has described how masked, machete-wielding robbers on motorcycles ambushed him and grabbed his bike while he was training in London’s Richmond Park.
Alexandar Richardson, 31, said he will not return to Richmond Park after being chased by four attackers on two motorcycles trying to force him to hand over his bike Thursday afternoon.
He drove off in a hurry to try to escape, but the robbers caught up with him and he got off.
Mr Richardson was desperately stuck on his £ 10,000 bike and was pulled up to 100 meters by one of the motorcycles. One of the robbers then threatened him with a 15-inch machete, after which he handed over his cycle.
The UCI ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix rider wrote on Instagram about his experience and posted a picture of his injuries.
Richardson told the standard he would not return to the park after the dramatic robbery.
The father of two, living in south-west London, described how his attackers circled him before grabbing his bike after a high-speed chase.
Richardson, who represented the Team GB bike this weekend and is going to France to run races this weekend, said: “I will not be going back there. I can not afford this to happen again. I saw them on their powerful motorcycles nodding to each other and I knew I was in trouble.
“They saw that I had a nice bike, and they were committed to getting it. I do not know what length they would have gone to, but they could easily have said ‘this guy is not giving up, let’s cut him.’
“Fortunately, I am used to physical injury, you just get up and continue with it. But I warn others to be very careful. My bike is by Specialized and is very distinctive. I hope I can get it back. ”
Police have collected CCTV from the area while investigations continue.
Hundreds of cyclists take to Richmond Park every day, which is used as a popular cycling training circuit. Richardson has had a successful career in cycling by winning the Lincoln Grand Prix 2018 and a stage of the Tour de la Mirabelle.
A police spokesman said: “At 1601 on Thursday, police were called to report a robbery in Richmond Park.
‘Officers attended and it was reported that a man had been assaulted by a group of men who stole his bicycle. He did not require hospital treatment. They conducted a search in the area but found no trace of the suspects. Officers took an initial statement. Inquiries continue. No arrests have been made. ”
Anyone with information please call the police on 101 or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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