Wednesday, May 10, 2006

File Under: WRONG

Photo: AP

Referred to as the Forrest Gump of Cycling, as in "I just kept a ruhn-ning," but more affectionately just called Bike Man, Heinz Stucke, 66, had his bike stolen while sleeping in his tent outside of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Why is this news worthy? Its the same bike he's been riding since he left his home in Germany in 1962. The bike, and man, have logged over 330,000 miles in his journey to cycle across the globe. The 56 lb. bike (yes that's correct, all steel with specially reinforced joints and spokes) was taken on the day he returned to Europe. Was this a pre-emptive strike by British hooligans in response to Wayne Rooney's leg injury and possible exclusion from the FIFA World Cup being held in Germany this summer? Nah.

After hearing of his plight, police officers in Hampshire provided him with a replacement bike sitting in their lost and found, as he was en route to cycle across Greenland.

Fortunately, his bike was found abandoned in a park a day later.

3 comments:

Tour of '03 said...

Good stuff!

Ride on Rider said...

UK eh? good, cause I thought I saw a shot of that fat-guy-walker riding a bike into NY for his last KMs

Granny's 30 said...

too funny ROR! It might explain why he lost only 100 lbs after walking across the country.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

File Under: WRONG

Photo: AP

Referred to as the Forrest Gump of Cycling, as in "I just kept a ruhn-ning," but more affectionately just called Bike Man, Heinz Stucke, 66, had his bike stolen while sleeping in his tent outside of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Why is this news worthy? Its the same bike he's been riding since he left his home in Germany in 1962. The bike, and man, have logged over 330,000 miles in his journey to cycle across the globe. The 56 lb. bike (yes that's correct, all steel with specially reinforced joints and spokes) was taken on the day he returned to Europe. Was this a pre-emptive strike by British hooligans in response to Wayne Rooney's leg injury and possible exclusion from the FIFA World Cup being held in Germany this summer? Nah.

After hearing of his plight, police officers in Hampshire provided him with a replacement bike sitting in their lost and found, as he was en route to cycle across Greenland.

Fortunately, his bike was found abandoned in a park a day later.

3 comments:

Tour of '03 said...

Good stuff!

Ride on Rider said...

UK eh? good, cause I thought I saw a shot of that fat-guy-walker riding a bike into NY for his last KMs

Granny's 30 said...

too funny ROR! It might explain why he lost only 100 lbs after walking across the country.