Pro cyclist reveals details of shocking attack after his £10,000 bike was stolen in Richmond Park
A professional cyclist has detailed a harrowing attack during which he was knocked off his bike by machete-wielding thieves on motorbikes.
Alexandar Richardson, 31, was training in Richmond Park on Thursday afternoon when four attackers gave chase, with two of them on motorbikes.
Richardson attempted to escape before one of the motorbikes drove into him, knocking him down before he was dragged 100m, causing nasty scrapes to his legs.
The thugs then threatened him with a 15-inch machete before he gave up the £10,000 bike.
The victim, who rides for UCI ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix, shared his shocking incident on Instagram, writing: ‘Pretty shocking experience today in Richmond park. Was finishing my training around 3pm when two motor bikes with 4 men and balaclavas started following me.
‘I knew exactly they wanted to take my bike and started to think what the best thing I could do was. I turned around at east sheen roundabout and started riding full speed to the cafe about 500 metres away.
Alexandar Richardson (pictured previously at a cycling race) wrote about his harrowing ordeal on social media after the incident on Thursday afternoon
Richardson was dragged along the ground and suffered nasty cuts to his legs
London-based pro Richardson is currently finishing his second season with UCI Pro Team Alpecin-Fenix
Richardson (pictured racing in the Tour of Britain last month) attempted to escape before one of the motorbikes drove into him
‘They simply rode one of the motor bikes into me at 60kph. I came off the bike and the first motor bike lost control. I held onto my bike however the second motor bike then dragged me and the bike along the floor for another 100 metres.
‘After this they pulled out a 15 inch machete. At which point I thought better and let the bike go. I’m pretty cut up and bruised with a swollen hip but tomorrow is another day.
‘Please be careful in the area and note this is becoming a common occurrence in parts of London.
‘The police have taken their notes down as armed robbery and hopefully the criminals are found.
‘Please raise awareness. At least I got most of the ride in even if no file to show for it! Once again the wife to the rescue to pick me up.’