Short version: a bike was just stolen this weekend from someone who absolutely didn’t deserve it. If you ride in the DC/VA/MD area and see someone on a Moots’ Moot-X YBB, ask them about it. And if it doesn’t add up, get in touch with Rob Harrington at 571.225.2225. I don’t know him except by reputation, but I am sure he deserves our looking out for him.
FROM: Leesburg Bakers Dozen
I am hoping somebody can help me. Someone decided it would be cool to steal my personal Moots Moot-X YBB that I had made available for demos.
I gotta tell you, at this point I am not interested in doing another race next year, or ever. I spent countless hours over the past 6 months to get the course and the race ready for YOU. What little compensation I thought I was going to receive is now gone. The feeling of accomplishment? Gone, too. I dont think I have ever been more disappointed in my life. I guess the notion of being a MTB family is dead, at least it now is for me. I lost money and the best bike I have ever owned to someone I hosted and hoped to provide a special and unique environment for.
I am not wealthy, in fact, the only reason I have a bike like that is because of a shop discount and the fact that cycling is my passion. I dont drink, go out, go to movies, nothing. My money goes to my bikes. I was set to pack the bike up for my long awaited trip to Arizona next week for a little punishment of my own at the Whiskey Off Road race in Prescott. Not sure what to do now. Cancel my vacation??
I do not care who stole it or why or where they live. I just want my bike back. Mail it, ship it to Plum Grove, I dont care how I get it back. I just want it back.
Its an 18″ Mooto-X YBB with full XTR, White bros 20mm thru axle fork, and Jones H-bars. If you have any information, please let me know.
Which was then followed up by this:
I just wanted to drop a quick note in here.
I have been overwhelmed with the support from everyone, whether it be emails sent to me, postings here and on other forums, and including offers of financial assistance to replace my stolen bike and offers to use other peoples bike for a while.
I genuinely appreciate everyones generosity, but I do not want to accept donations at this time. I still hope the bike will be returned or located through other means.
I also wanted to let everyone know that I sent the email out at 3:00 am while very distraught and tired. I know the MTB community is strong and supportive, now more than ever. I do not believe that any racers took the bike and want to believe that no crew or family members of racers are guilty either.
The Bakers Dozen will be back next year. I could not in my right mind end the race. I love the race and all the people that come with their family and friends for a weekend of mountain biking fun.
For those interested, I will be taking my single speed to AZ for the whiskey off road. I guess I will just have to suffer(on the bike) a bit more than I thought. I always did enjoy a challenge!!
Thanks again and hope to see you soon, new friends and old!!