Patrollers Have Bike Stolen While Helping an Injured Rider

Oct 31, 2022 at 8:03
by Ed Spratt  

Patrollers at Nevis Range in Fort William were the victims of a robbery after a bike was stolen while helping an injured rider.

Over the weekend patrollers at Nevis Range, the host of the DH World Cups and next year's World Champs in Fort William, had a bike stolen while dealing with a potentially serious injury. After attending to the injured rider it became clear because of the injury and high winds a vehicle would have to be used for extraction. One of the patrollers had to leave their bike at the scene to monitor the rider while in the vehicle, upon returning to the location the bike was missing.

Nevis Range has shared the news on social media alongside an image of the bike that they believe to have been stolen.

bigquotesI know times are hard, but stealing a bike while we are helping someone who’s injured - really?

Please help!!!

Yesterday our patrollers attended a potentially serious injury on the bike tracks.

Due to the nature of the injury (and the high wind which meant we couldn’t use the rescue deck) we had to use our vehicle for the extraction.

One of the patrollers had to leave the bike by the track so we could monitor casualty in the vehicle. The bike that was left by the track has now disappeared….Bike is a Trek Session 9 (R3) and the frame number is WTU046G0101T
Nevis Range

Anyone with information regarding this can contact Nevis Range on (+44) 01397 705825 or the Police at 101.


154 Comments

  • 553 7
 It's going to be a challenge to identify this bike since everything looks like a session.
  • 27 12
 Bad taste in timing but still funny as hell.
  • 3 50
flag brownierice (Nov 1, 2022 at 5:57) (Below Threshold)
 @Burgrider85: not funny.
  • 233 0
 Special place in hell for bike thieves.
  • 53 0
 Especially these guys
  • 21 102
flag RedBurn (Oct 31, 2022 at 9:06) (Below Threshold)
 sobs. i m against abortion, except for these individuals
  • 33 2
 @RedBurn: postnatal abortion?
  • 62 0
 @hubertje-ryu: "Postnatal Abortion" sounds like a great name for a Cannibal Corpse song
  • 42 1
 May these b**tards be whipped across the testicles with a frayed and rusty shift cable, sprayed with dot brake fluid and made to listen to the sound of squeaking brake pads for all eternity when caught.
  • 2 1
 @constantly-broken: Best comment of the day!
  • 1 0
 Even the hell does not want them!
  • 86 0
 Had my groceries stolen while I was helping some lady who fell and broke her arm outside a supermarket, figured that was just a Surrey BC thing, guess not.
  • 53 2
 So much for Canadians being nice, eh?
  • 91 11
 She was probably in on the con. Its so easy and almost painless for the elderly to break a limb.
  • 89 0
 I got robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart... And I didn't even see it coming.
  • 6 2
 @scott-townes: Totally. I mean, was it a compound fracture? Did you see bones sticking out, or her wrist dangling uselessly like a piece of steak on a clothesline?

No, you say? Highly suspect…
  • 12 0
 @Antwoord: Call the ambulance but not for me!
  • 42 0
 @Antwoord: Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. I'll be right back. Don't you go dying on me.
  • 8 0
 @Antwoord: They rolled into Fort Bill, stopped next to the first pedestrian they saw and said, "I can get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog". It's the only lead the police have.
  • 9 12
 What if we shoot these dirt bags in the face?
  • 9 0
 @scott-townes: Her Adam's Apple should've been a red flag.
  • 2 0
 I got worms.
  • 9 0
 @hornedreaper33: Latest report shows they’re driving an ‘84 sheepdog.
  • 4 4
 @nickfranko: I think that 1 went away long ago thanks to Justin's heavy handed c19 antics and freezing bank accounts.
  • 2 0
 This thread though.
  • 1 1
 I am starting to wonder how many people don't understand this thread, given my downvotes.
  • 3 0
 That’s a very Surrey thing to have happen.
  • 8 0
 @nickfranko: I don’t think Surrey is known for their Canadian population.
  • 2 0
 @hornedreaper33: our word is our bond. those are IOU's - that one there is a Lamborghini - might wanna hang onto that one.
  • 3 0
 well, I can tell you it isnt a Surrey UK thing, unless the theives stole nothing but foie gras and made their get away in an Overfinch Rover!
  • 4 0
 @conoat: *unless they stole your tax money and made their get away on a thoroughbred.
  • 2 2
 I have a friend who told me that she's traveled all around the world, to third world countries with people walking around with ak-47's, and accidentally/unknowingly walking through places she shouldn't have been.

The only placed she's ever been threatened and robbed was Vancouver
  • 6 5
 I grew up in greater Vancouver area. I e watched it go from relatively "Small town" to "Big city" and now to just pain shithole, people here are generally rude and entitled. I hate to say this, but this Country is going to shit. Everywhere you go you pay way to much for a shitty attitude. Pretty hard to love a place that rains 9 months a year, and have almost doubled the cost of living in just a few short years. I'm out!
  • 3 0
 @conoat: Have you ever been to Aldershot?
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: Where are ya going?
  • 3 0
 @korev: eew no way, because it's in Hampshire, daahling.
  • 3 0
 @Maxcommencemal: I nearly put Woking and then changed my mind Big Grin
  • 2 2
 @inside-plus: Ideally? Texas.
  • 2 0
 @jomacba: you wouldn’t even have to immigrate, just walk over from Mexico and you’re set.
  • 1 0
 @Ashe14: There's no wall on this side... Yet!
  • 1 0
 @Antwoord: you must be e-biker if you weren't able to catch up with her Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: They don't want you.
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: Nobody wanted Trudeau as Prime Minister either, yet here we are!
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: You can have one of the old British ones instead, we have a new one once a fortnight...
  • 2 0
 @korev: I think we would take a turkey as a Prime Minister at this point, or a baloons with a face drawn on it.
  • 83 0
 If there was any justice in the universe, the bike thief would've seriously crashed and the bike patrol couldn't get to him in time to save him because, well, their bike was stolen.
  • 3 0
 knowing how greedy ski resorts are I won't surprised if poor 16 years old patroller gonna pay it off his paycheck
  • 47 0
 Next level dirtbag
  • 2 0
 Yep, new low.
  • 20 0
 Never been, are hikers up there? How would anyone not already on a bike come across the Patrollers bike?
  • 7 0
 maybe they hid it somewhere else to return to later? idk either
  • 3 0
 that's a good point
  • 1 0
 That was my thought. Maybe they rolled down with two bikes, which you'd think if anyone saw they'd remember it. If I was the patroller I'd have hidden the bike, but perhaps there wasn't anywhere nearby to hide it.
  • 3 0
 You can get the gondola up for hiking. Loads of hikers about there.
  • 18 1
 Sounds like Fort William has a problem with bike thieves. Didn't some people get their world cup bikes stolen this year as well?
  • 41 2
 The UK's endured 12 years of cuts to Police forces, everywhere's got a problem with thieves.
  • 24 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Yep…have a friend that works for Police Scotland, he said they can’t even get people to complete the training. Once they see how bad the police force is run due to budget cuts and lack of manning they quit. His most recent class of trainees started with 24 people, only 2 stayed on to become officers.
  • 6 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: everywhere is a good description. In the US we try and politize it. "only happens in liberal cities". But, the truth is, it's just everywhere.
  • 13 1
 @Ososmash: I was in a retail drug store this this weekend and some clearly homeless tweaker walks in and says "I lost a $100 bill. I think it is somewhere in the store." I watched him clearly patrol the aisles looking for things to stuff in his backpack. There was one clerk at the checkout and no other help around. He exited the shop without stopping at checkout with a noticeably more full backpack. I'm sure that if anyone had called the police there is a 0% chance that an officer would show up for a shoplifting call because the shortage of officers in our area. The police are busy with higher priority calls and there is no way you could pay a checkout clerk enough to confront a tweaker that is likely high and could have a weapon. The sad part is theft like this is killing retailers and we are all paying extra due to the losses.
  • 8 0
 Could be a case of any public place that is known as a bike area has a problem. True story, I was at chicksands bike park in the UK. Two big, burley lads obviously pykies stood at the entrance to the park asking " that's a nice bike how much is that worth?" I replied with"ahh this is old, only a couple hundred" (aboot 2k+ worth of tweaked Stanton 4X) the guy behind me "about 6 grand" an I'm thinking we'll he's gonna get robbed or followed home.

Even heard a story at F.O.D where a young lad was looking at a steep chute. A walker started a convo about the chute like "you lot are crazy" then when the lead was unawares the guy pushed him off his bike an down the chute an then rode off on the bike!!

No matter where you are... keep an eye on your ride
  • 2 0
 Oh yeah just remembered when there was a spate of bike thefts at B.D.S. races. Turns out it was another racer.... Or The bike park owner that claimed insurance on a couple of stolen bikes.. only to be caught out selling the very same bikes a while later. Actually caught by having pics of the bikes... at the park he ran, an reported the bike stolen from in the listing
  • 2 5
 @Ososmash: maybe it happens in liberal countries too?
  • 3 0
 Bikes have been stolen a few times at races - the problem is people no it's a rural area with low police numbers, no when the races are on, no that it will have plenty of high-end bikes in the area at the time, also know that with the huge numbers in the area for the event that people from out of town won't be noted. As it's not violent crime and bike theft isn't classed as a priority crime police resources aren't sent out to cover it when they're more concerned with public order issues and covering football matches in the central belt.
  • 4 0
 @gwalchami: This was hard to read until I realised you were using 'no' instead of 'know'.
  • 16 0
 Really hope they find the perps. Meanwhile, wouldn't this be a golden PR opportunity for Trek?
  • 9 1
 Who buys these bikes ? Bottom line . If no one bought stolen bikes or parts . No reason to steal . Apparently plenty of theft . So plenty of people buying stolen goods .
I'm not pointing fingers . I'm trying to stop this shit from happening.
  • 6 0
 There are thousands of bikes for sale here on the buy/sell. What percentage do you think are stolen? How would you know?
  • 6 0
 @TheR: very good question. Look at the sellers history. Do they post pictures of bikes ? Themselves riding ?
Ask questions about seller to determine if they actually are passionate about the sport . What trails do they ride?
I ask out right . Are you a thieve ? If I'm not convinced they are legit.
Ask about the bike or parts history.
Ask how they feel about bike being registered with police to see if it's reported stolen?
If they guy says he bought the bike on Craigslist for 500$ it's stolen .
Ask plenty of questions
. If it's very very cheap , assume it's stolen .
There are collectors out there . I still ask lots of questions. Pissed off a few . I don't care . I would rather be very diligent on not buying stolen parts .
  • 4 0
 Wasn't there a thing on here about a load of bikes being stolen in the US ending up in a seemingly legit bike shop in Mexico?
  • 2 0
 I was thinking that, surely Trek have a spare one that they could present with a conviently placed photographer there. Heck, even pinkbike could come to the party.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: I don't know about stolen, but I just found a bike I sold in Buy/Sell at least a year ago, in the same condition I sold it, depicted by the same photos, and with a description identical to my own, in the Seller section on Bicycle Blue Book
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: Yeah, that seems like more of a scam than a stolen bike.

Anyway, I’d say the vast majority of the buy/sell here is legit. Maybe 3-5 percent stolen goods. And it’s hard, because I’d say most of the stolen stuff is likely parts. Way harder for anyone to identify. You can ask questions, see red flags, but it’s not always very clear cut. For example, a history of sales is something to look for, but there’s always a first time seller. A profile history is a good thing to looks for, but then some people just learn that this is a good place to sell. I appreciate the intention of the questions and doing due diligence, but if anyone were to straight out ask me if I were a thief, they can pound sand and look at elsewhere.

But overall, I’d agree—do what you can and do your best not to buy from thieves. Don’t create a market for them. In certain circumstances though (online sales), it’s easier said than done.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: Vancouver which is one city in British Columbia had over 2000 bikes reported stolen in 2021
Over 2000
I would call that rampant theft with little or no consequences to thieves .
I am trying to stop this bull shit .
So yes I'm going to assume the parts on buy and sell are stolen first and after I'm certain the part or bike is legit then consider the purchase .
2000 bikes just in Vancouver.
  • 1 0
 @Sshredder: Yeah man, whatever works for you… Good on you for taking a stand.
  • 9 0
 You've 'obtained' your nice bike by 'borrowing without returning' it from someone who was helping an injured fellow rider. Enjoy it, but don't go complaining if in the afterlife the room temperature is uncomfortably hot.
  • 13 1
 Death to Bike thieves
  • 4 0
 i don't think the thieve knew whos bike it is (not that it should make a difference, is it less bad when your bike is stolen because you werent attending to someones injuries at that moment?) - see bike unattended, steal bike. with the price of high end bikes i imagine a lot more are stolen these days. hope they find it back.
  • 3 0
 This recently happened at our local bike park outside the Medic building treating a injured rider. Thieves just have zero morals and unfortunately got smarter with using Bluetooth tracking apps to find and remove anything that might get them caught. Just sucks plain and simple. Fingers crossed for the police to get lucky and find it for the patroller in this case. Not sure if it’s feasible, but maybe if bike rack manufactures are listening there might be potential to develop dual side, roof or rear bike rack carriers for UTV’s for Patrollers to get multiple bikes down with an injured rider.
  • 8 1
 Why aren't Patrollers on Transition bikes?
  • 5 0
 Ffs who would do that ..absolute baw bag. And needs a scheme booting when they get caught.. Gives us Scots a bad name ...utterly despicable C'mon troops get the bike found
  • 2 0
 the bikes are expensive, but the real pain is knowing that someone is out riding your, without giving it the proper care.

I had my childhood bmx stolen from me in college. It was like fifteen years old (i had it and rode it the whole time), and worth less than a hundred bucks. i wonder where it is now.
  • 3 0
 Redline pro junior polished frame with red decals… i still think about where it ended up.
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: let's cry together.
  • 5 0
 Trek has a pretty good PR opportunity here. they've gotta be able to find a spare session in their budget.
  • 5 1
 A point of pedantry I know but a robbery is a violent or threatening where I think this sounds like the bike was stolen.
  • 3 0
 @TheBrickOriginal: Not sure about that.
E.g. A person, business, or establishment is robbed, whereas items, information, or animals are stolen.
  • 1 0
 @sonuvagun: i'm with Brick. This wasn't a robbery. Stash grab, cache dash, failure of the social contract. But not a robbery.
  • 5 3
 Tar & feathering should OINLY be the beginning of punishment for this douchbag and any associated with these type of thefts.
  • 11 8
 Please see my add on PB buy sell. Price reduced for quick sale under the circumstances. Crypto payment preferred.
  • 1 0
 WTF, this must be a joke, what a sick people/person must be to steal bike patrol bike, actually to steal bikes at all...? Never manage to understan this shieeee. So sorry for the guy.
  • 3 0
 Gutted to read this, Just proves that you cannot trust everyone on the trails which is also shocking..... disgusting news!
  • 2 0
 Really sorry guys, what’s happening or happened to peoples sense or morality?? Just so sad.
Good luck and I really hope you recover your bike.
Cheers
  • 1 1
 I mean, Im not trying to justify theft by any means... But im assuming the thieves didnt know the bike was left there due to an evacuation of an injured rider. I think they just stole a bike, period, not specifically to add insult to injury, literally.
  • 2 0
 Drugs are bad mkay Drug attics steal bikes so they can get as high as towlie.
  • 2 0
 "attics" getting "high"? Not sure if typo or pun.
  • 5 0
 Fair play if the drug addicts got halfway up a mountain, I could barely get up the stairs
  • 1 0
 They used to teach everyone learning first-aid to make sure everyone and yourself are safe. Now, you must include your bike and your personal belongings will be safe as well.
  • 1 2
 Probably just found a bike in the woods and rode it home. Not like they were sitting amoungst the shubbery waiting to steal a patrollers bike. Yeah shit cunt thing to do but they're probably an absolute dumb fuck who just thought its a lost and free bike.
  • 1 0
 Check the local pubs. Someone will be bragging about their new downhill bike. May they Rott, Slowly and Painfully.
  • 1 0
 It's Halloween, so if we can find the (unt we still have time to perform a human sacrifice to appease the Dark Lord.
  • 2 0
 Wow, whole new level of low.
  • 18 16
 More thieves that need to be shot! Yep!
  • 9 26
flag peterman1234 (Oct 31, 2022 at 8:50) (Below Threshold)
 nope!
  • 7 11
flag chicane32 (Oct 31, 2022 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: You should invite them over for dinner and see how well THEY treat your family, then you might wake up!
  • 10 6
 @chicane32: you know, I thought it through again and I gotta say you really helped me wake up. I can’t thank you enough — screw renters/homeowners insurance for stolen bikes! Using our discretion to impose the death penalty on anyone who inconveniences us makes way more sense! Not to mention the super-realistic scenario where this bike thief is now harming my family. Again, thank you! Check is in the mail
  • 6 12
flag chicane32 (Oct 31, 2022 at 12:44) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: Just pointing out that thieves in general need to be shot. You know the same thieves that will kill you and your family in an instant if you confront them. You know those nice kind? How will you benefit from your renters insurance when the coroner is bagging up your body? Just curious. Now use your discretion to figure out whether the nice criminals will instantly kill you, or just steal your bike! Turn on the news or social media and you will see for yourself what THESE thieves are doing around the country, especially in Ca. and NY, you know those lax on crime Liberal states.
  • 16 7
 In case any PB users were at all unclear about the absurd gun problem in the US, it’s right here in front of you. That is, a culmination of people just like chicane32 — with pretty liberal access to guns they sit around dreaming of scenarios where they get to play god, or pretend to be a soldier or judge/jury/executioner, under the illusion that it’s all constitutional. Many of these same people are elected officials or their donor base.

Good news is no one in a shopping center or school has (or will ever be) harmed by this collective behavior, let alone at a rate hundreds of times worse than any other developed nation… oh…wait, shit.
  • 4 10
flag chicane32 (Oct 31, 2022 at 14:30) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: You couldn’t be MORE wrong with you delusional perception about me. Did I tell you that I f*cking hate criminals, but hay, I’m sure you can easily round some up and by them dinner anytime you feel the need.
  • 3 7
flag wobblegoblin (Oct 31, 2022 at 14:46) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: - - Found the thief.
  • 4 6
 @peterman1234: America has a huge gun problem! Let’s stop the government’s monopoly on high powered weapons, and start allowing the citizens to protect themselves and their property, especially in highly populated areas!!!
  • 7 1
 @chicane32: then like clockwork they conflate critical thought about guns with feeling sympathetic towards criminals…
  • 7 1
 @wobblegoblin: yes, not wanting to kill someone who steals a bike means I, too, must be a bike thief. Razor sharp, you are!
  • 4 8
flag wobblegoblin (Oct 31, 2022 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: you brought up guns…genius.

Since you brought it up, let’s do some “critical thinking” about where the vast majority of gun violence occurs….that’s correct: gun free zones!!! Good job. Now let’s try to ban all guns everywhere so that “we will be safe”…wait… that makes zero sense though.
  • 7 3
 @wobblegoblin: I’m gonna ignore your blatantly false claim and say look, if you wanna go play army or shoot shit in the woods, or have a gun for good faith self-defense, be my guest. Seriously, if we can do it in a way that doesn’t bleed over into other areas that’s no problem — except for the one small detail that so far we’ve failed miserably. We should all be ashamed, yet y’all just resort to getting defensive. I understand some political apprehension, but this should be so bipartisan that now it’s just absurd. Pretend the problem doesn’t exist or that it’s not yours to fix and you’ll never have to fix it, I suppose. You’ll come to your senses if it’s your kid.
  • 3 10
flag wobblegoblin (Oct 31, 2022 at 16:05) (Below Threshold)
 @peterman1234: so you don’t believe that schools, Chicago, and New York City are “gun free zones”?
  • 3 1
 Human beings are amazing.... unbelievable.
  • 2 0
 So stolen by someone in the biking community.
  • 2 0
 Not necessarily, Nevis range is massively popular with hikers, and most people in the outdoor community in Scotland know how valuable a decent mountain bike is, and that if it's at a venue like Nevis Range it will be a good bike. More likely someone on foot took it as it'd be difficult to carry it down while cycling
  • 2 0
 Wack.
  • 7 5
 this is peak UK
  • 2 0
 That's f*cked up.
  • 1 0
 What a sad world we live in
  • 1 0
 Always wear protection - otherwise you end up with lowlifes like this
  • 1 0
 you have to be a deprived sick twisted human being to do this.
  • 1 0
 Looks like that thief needs a therapy session
  • 1 0
 No bike rack on the emerg vehicle?
  • 1 0
 No, because it will be operated by mountain rescue or the ambulance service, and they aren't set up for bikes
  • 1 0
 @gwalchami: they should be, for their bike patrollers and injured riders.
  • 2 0
 @nateb: You are massively over-estimating what Nevis Range is. It's nothing like the bike parks in Canada. They don't have their own emerg vehicles. And I don't remember bike racks on the ambos in Whistler.
  • 2 0
 Death by midges.
  • 1 0
 Karma is a Bitch!!! A Holes!!!
  • 1 0
 What a set of c you next tuesdays.
  • 1 0
 So sad how society acts, even in our community.
  • 1 0
 Let's make a donation so he/she can afford a new bike. What do you think?
  • 1 0
 What D!ck move
  • 1 0
 That´s really sad...
  • 1 0
 unreal
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Session.
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