Engineer, 37, on six-month cycle around the world had his £2,500 bike stolen while he slept after arriving in Cambridgeshire
- Oran Lotan was staying in Cambridgeshire when his bike was stolen last week
- The 37 year’s old bike was stolen metres from where he slept after his UK arrival
- The ‘distraught’ cyclist was on the last leg of an epic six-month global journey
- The bike worth an estimated £2500 due to modifications has not yet been found
A cyclist who has pedalled thousands of miles across the world has been left ‘distraught’ after his bike was stolen just days after reaching the UK.
Oren Lotan, 37, arrived in Cambridgeshire last month after the latest leg of an epic six month journey that began in Istanbul, Turkey.
He was due to start the next part of his journey when his beloved bicycle was stolen metres from where he slept one night.
Oren, an engineer from Israel, said all his plans now had to be put on hold as he tries to trace his bike or find a replacement at short notice.
The globe-trotting cyclist said: ‘I literally had to sit down when it happened. It was crushing, I’m still distraught.
Oren Lotan, 37, arrived in Cambridgeshire last month after the latest leg of an epic six month journey that began in Istanbul, Turkey
‘That bike has gone thousands of miles with me through a lot of good and bad and amazing experiences and through all sorts of countries.
Oren’s epic journey covered 6,902 miles across 18 countries over 205 days since April this year in an epic trip called ‘The Great Escapade’, according to Polarsteps,
His latest pedal had taken him from Turkey through Bulgaria, Macedonia, The Balkans, Italy, Switzerland Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands before his arrival in the UK.
Oren’s epic journey covered 6,902 miles across 18 countries over 205 days since April this year in an epic trip called ‘The Great Escapade’
The bike was under a tarp and locked with a combination lock which was picked outside the window where Oren slept
He was staying with friends on Warwick Road in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, on November 7 when the theft occurred.
When his friend went to leave for work that morning he discovered there was one less bike outside the house than the night before.
The bike was under a tarp and locked with a combination lock which was picked outside the window where Oren slept.
Oren said: ‘Cambridge is one of the most bike-friendly places in the UK.
‘The lock wasn’t good enough but it had worked for the six-months of my trip since Istanbul. I should have known better.’
Oren’s bike had been with him for multiple international adventures since 2017, and says he is heartbroken by the loss
He was due to fly back to Istanbul on November 12 but has postponed it until the Nov 29 in the hopes of finding a bike good enough to continue his journey.
Despite being helped by the Stolen Bikes in Cambridge Facebook community, he’s given up hope of finding his old bike, which after the modifications had an estimated value of £2,500.
Oren’s bike had been with him for multiple international adventures since 2017, and says he is heartbroken by the loss: ‘It’s not just the heartache of losing it.
‘It was the perfect tool for the job. It took five months to get him ready and now I have to start from scratch.
‘It’s a real ‘stick in my wheel’ as we say in Hebrew. But despite this, on my journeys I’ve learnt that when you cycle, people are generally good.’