Mountain bike world champ Aaron Gwin has £7k bike stolen in Edinburgh trailer raid

Aaron Gwin of the USA rides in the Elite Downhill training session during the 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships on September 9, 2017 in Cairns, Australia.  Pic: Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
Aaron Gwin of the USA rides in the Elite Downhill training session during the 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships on September 9, 2017 in Cairns, Australia. Pic: Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
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ONE of the world’s top mountain bike racers has been left counting the cost of an overnight stay in the Capital - after thieves made off with his rare bike.

Californian Aaron Gwin, who has held a string of top titles, was heading to an event in Fort William when his team opted to break their journey in the city.

Aaron Gwin of USA celebrates winning The Downhill World Cup during day two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William on June 10, 2012 in Fort William, Scotland. Pic: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Aaron Gwin of USA celebrates winning The Downhill World Cup during day two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William on June 10, 2012 in Fort William, Scotland. Pic: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It is believe the M29 large race bike - which costs £7,000 before any special modifications for professional competition - was taken from a trailer hitched to his team van.

Insiders say Gwin was ‘horrified’ at the loss while bosses at his Intense Factory team have offered a reward for the bike’s return.

In a social media message, they urged: “Please be on the lookout for Aaron Gwin’s M29 large race bike stolen from team van in Edinburgh last night. Cash reward for return.”

Gwin, 31, who has been Downhill World Cup champion five times and US national champ eight times, used the bike to compete recently in Maribor, Slovenia.

Aaron Gwin's race bike has been stolen en route to the Fort William World Cup.

Aaron Gwin's race bike has been stolen en route to the Fort William World Cup.

A source told the Evening News: “It would be like someone nicking Lewis Hamilton’s car before an F1 race, Aaron might have some spare parts, but that is his number one bike gone.”

“The world championships are in Fort William this weekend, so it will be really interesting to see what happens.”

He added: “Aaron is to mountain biking what Cristiano Ronaldo is to football and he has only recently joined the Intense Factory Racing team, for this to happen in Edinburgh is a really big deal for the sport.”

Aaron Gwin of The YT Mob during day two of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William. Pic: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Aaron Gwin of The YT Mob during day two of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William. Pic: Tim Goode/PA Wire.