Rising star's bike stolen

One of Southland's most promising young cyclists Emma Cumming is missing her bike after it was believed to have been stolen on Sunday night or early Monday morning.

The 16-year-old had her specialised $5000 Venge road bike for just two weeks before it was taken from the garage of her family's home on the corner of Bamborough and St Andrew streets in Invercargill.

Cumming's father, Sid, hoped someone may spot someone with a Venge bike who may not have previously had one and report it to police.

"Rob at Wensley's made it up especially for her, so it's a one-off bike. He made up the frame so it would especially fit [her]," he said.

She raced on the bike in the Southland champs on Saturday and was to have used it for the upcoming Te Awamutu tour and the club nationals.

Emma's cycling promise was highlighted yesterday when she was named in the New Zealand track cycling team for the Oceania Championships in Australia in October. Those in the team have been earmarked as potential riders for the 2015 World Juniors Track Cycling Championships.

logan.savory@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times