A spoke was put in the wheel of a big-hearted cyclist from Langley Mill when his bike was stolen halfway through a charity ride to London.
David Kolebuk, the self-styled ‘Langley Mill Missile’, set off from his Argyle Street home on Friday April 19 and travelled 191 miles before upset struck at 5pm when he stopped for a rest.
But despite the bodyblow, David remains determined and plans to ride coast to coast in the summer to make up the fundraising difference.
He said: “Upon refuelling for 22 minutes in a small cafe in Ealing my beloved bike was stolen! I was gutted!”
His plan had been to ride to London, hand over a symbolic ‘baton’ of amber and amethyst to his sister-in-law, Angela O’Brian, before she ran the London Marathon, and then ride back - raising money for the CLIC Sargent charity.
However, David was not to be denied and he rode triumphantly into St Paul’s on Saturday April 20 to meet his family on a ‘Boris Bike’ - one of the publicly-shared bicycles named after London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Batons were then exchanged and Angela completed the marathon in 4 hours 29 minutes - a personal best.
David, 45, said: “It has ripped the heart and soul out of me.
“To keep up my end of the bargain I will now ride coast to coast in June.”