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Unlocked bike reportedly stolen near Whistler bike park

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP
Stills from security footage of a suspect linked to the theft of a mountain bike from a rack near the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park last week. Screenshot courtesy of Whistler RCMP

A mountain bike that had been left unlocked near the Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park was reportedly stolen this week, according to a release from local police.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, Whistler RCMP received a report of the theft from a bike rack in the 4100 block of Springs Lane. Police said the bike's owner had reportedly left it unlocked and "was keeping an eye on it from a distance" before noticing it was gone.

The bike is a grey and black, 2016 Intense Tracer model with a large frame, red labels, foundation build and Kashima suspension, police said.

The suspect, spotted in security footage, is described as a Caucasian man in his late twenties to early thirties, with a brown goatee and dreadlocks, who was seen wearing a red shirt, black pants, black chest guard, black bike shoes, backpack and carrying a white Fox helmet.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

Crankworx, North America's largest mountain bike festival, attracts thousands of attendees—and their pricy bikes—to Whistler at the end of summer every year. The 2019 festival began Aug. 9 and concludes Aug. 18.