Pricey bike missing after ride
September 19, 2006
An expensive bike went missing from the finish line of the Ride for the Cure last week.Raifie Bass is just barely a year out of the hospital after receiving intensive chemotherapy. Raifie’s wife, Michele, joined more than 400 others on a wet and rainy day to ride and raise money for research. Michele tackled 53 miles of the course to raise money in honor of Raifie’s recovery.After the race, Michele was wet and tired, and got a ride home. Raifie spent the next few hours cheering at the finish line and playing with his boys: Max, 5, and Andy, 2.”I forgot about the bike,” said Raifie, the “Honorary Survivor” of the event.The one-of-a-kind, $5,000 Trek racing bike in lime green with purple polka dots – complete with Michele’s signature on the frame – sat at the finish until the last of the competitors crossed the line. “He spaced,” Michele said.It wasn’t until another two days had passed that the busy couple realized they’d forgotten the bike.Raifie bought the $5,000 Trek racing bike as a surprise for his wife on her most recent birthday. The two have taken on serious fitness regimens since Raifie’s illness, and Michele said that the distinctive bike has a real connection to the two of them and Raifie’s recovery.Michele admits to some “contributory negligence on our part,” but she said, “I’m just sick about it.”The couple has notified the police and contacted many people involved in the event, but hasn’t heard a word. Michele says it is “unimaginable” that someone would take a bike from a charitable event.The family is offering a $500 reward for the bike’s return (anonymous returns OK too, she said). Aspen police urge anyone with any information to contact them.Charles Agar’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.